Bubble bath and barbecue

Champlin couple realizes dream of owning restaurant, hotel

by megan hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers

 

Tom and Mary Svendsen of Champlin, pose in the bar of their restaurant, Lone Star Barbecue in St. Peter. The couple learned the art of barbecue in their time spent in east Texas and dreamed of sharing it with the north. They use their own dry rub and slow smoke the meat for a savory unique flavor.

Tom and Mary Svendsen of Champlin, pose in the bar of their restaurant, Lone Star Barbecue in St. Peter. The couple learned the art of barbecue in their time spent in east Texas and dreamed of sharing it with the north. They use their own dry rub and slow smoke the meat for a savory unique flavor.

Mary and Tom Svendsen of Champlin own a boutique hotel and barbecue restaurant in St. Peter, Minn. Their dream of serving others through personable service and savory flavors was inspired by Tom’s travels to Texas.

“We had a barbecue pit business in Texas for about 4 years, but we always knew we wanted our own,” Mary said.

The Lone Star suite boasts oversized showers, a soaking tub, flat screen televisions across from the bed and in the bathroom and a Kuerig coffee maker.

The Lone Star suite boasts oversized showers, a soaking tub, flat screen televisions across from the bed and in the bathroom and a Kuerig coffee maker.

 

The couple owns property on the river and began searching for places within the state and western parts of Wisconsin where they could find a place to begin building their dream. They knew that, not only would the location have to be just right, but also the atmosphere of the town. Mary describes it as the perfect location because visitors from the Twin Cities area still get the feel that they are getting away for a relaxing vacation without adding a lengthy commute and higher travel expenses.

“We knew we wanted to own property and not rent,” Mary said. “We came to St. Peter looking for a spot to begin our barbecue restaurant and the property also had a hotel.”

The Konsbruck Hotel, as it was named previous to their ownership, was a quaint little bed and breakfast offering a peaceful getaway to all its visitors. The hotel has five suites with queen beds, television, fireplace and on-suite bathrooms.

The Konsbruck Hotel sits snug in St. Peter off of 3rd Street in historic downtown St. Peter just 12 miles north of Mankato. The couple’s Lone Star barbecue restaurant sits below their Konsbruck Hotel, where old world charm meets modern day amenities.

The Konsbruck Hotel sits snug in St. Peter off of 3rd Street in historic downtown St. Peter just 12 miles north of Mankato. The couple’s Lone Star barbecue restaurant sits below their Konsbruck Hotel, where old world charm meets modern day amenities.

“One thing I think the hotel offers is the peacefulness of being able to relax in a warm bubble bath and knowing you’ll get to enjoy one-of-a-kind savory, smoked barbecue brisket for dinner,” Mary said.

Mary and Tom still own their home in Champlin, and Mary says it now feels like they’re “going up north” when they return home. The couple normally stays in one of the suites at the hotel while they run the barbecue restaurant in St. Peter.

The North Star suite comes with an air jet bath tub, two flat screen televisions, a Kuerig coffee maker and an electric fireplace.

The North Star suite comes with an air jet bath tub, two flat screen televisions, a Kuerig coffee maker and an electric fireplace.

 

“I think so many people work their whole life and have dreams of what they want to do afterwards, and this was our dream,” Mary said. “We really wanted to have a unique restaurant. Tom and I both love to cook, and we both like to eat good food.”

Mary adds that the fact that their restaurant has a hotel that came along with it was an added bonus.

“One of our biggest joys is meeting the people that stay here,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

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