LAKE BENTON - Placing an order with Renee Becker's kitchen used to mean taking your meal on the go. But now customers have the option of pulling up a chair for brunch or supper.
Renee's Kitchen, located at Becker's Resort in Lake Benton, has started out the summer with the addition of a dining room for resort guests or members of the public. Renee, who owns the resort with her husband Virgil Becker, also serves up meals for resort guests or members of the public.
"I love cooking," Becker said, but there wasn't a full restaurant at the resort.
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Construction of the new dining area at Becker’s Resort in Lake Benton was finished in late May. The dining room seats about 48 people, Renee Becker said.
"We had takeout for a while," she said, but customers started requesting a place where they could sit and eat. "I said 'OK, as long as I don't have to do the cleaning.'"
On a more serious note, Becker said, a restaurant space was also a good idea because it could offer something Lake Benton didn't have.
"There are no places for breakfast in town," she said, aside from the gas station downtown.
The Beckers had a dining room built on land that used to be part of the resort's parking lot. Renee Becker said environmental regulations meant they couldn't build closer to the lakeshore.
"It went up really fast," she said, but it took a lot of work. "Virgil spent some long nights out here."
Virgil Becker also custom-built the tables and some of the booth seating for the dining room, Renee Becker said.
"We wanted to have it spaced out just right," she said, so no one would have to worry about bumping into the people seated at the table behind them.
The dining room has seating for about 48 people, and an alcove where buffets can be served.
So far, Renee Becker said, the dining area has drawn some repeat customers from the community.
"There are older people who like to come in for breakfast," she said.
Renee Becker said the menu at Renee's Kitchen varies a little from day to day, but breakfast items, pizzas and sandwiches are regularly available. The restaurant will feature a Sunday brunch buffet, a Friday supper buffet and lunch buffets on Tuesday and Thursday. The restaurant is closed Wednesdays.
The dining area is also available for events like meetings, showers or parties, Renee Becker said. In the future, she said she wants to try hosting birthday parties or kids' events, too.
"I'd like to try having maybe Saturday matinees, where kids could come, and we'd have pizza and show a movie," she said. "It would be something for kids to do in the community."