New restaurant caters to the casual

Perro Creek Tavern in Bayport is Kraske Family’s latest venture

101613_perrocreek3WebThe Kraske family has been in the restaurant business for many years and now the long-time Stillwater residents have created a new restaurant called Perro Creek Tavern that caters to their casual side close to home.

“It’s great to work with our family,” Josh Kraske said. “We all get along, hang out on the days we have off, and my brother, my mom, sister and sister-in-law float around at each restaurant that we own. And we’ve worked alongside each other for a long time.”

The Kraske family owns Erte & the Peacock Lounge located in Northeast Minneapolis and have transformed the former Hefty’s Roadhouse into a shanty-style tavern that focuses on creating tavern food with a southern flair.

“Our reception’s been really good. People really like the food, and it’s different from some other restaurants in the area since all of our food is made from scratch and we use a lot of fresh local produce from the farmers market and things as much as we can for as long as we can,” Kraske said.

Kraske believes that what sets this restaurant apart from others in the valley is the menu.

The menu sports affordable prices and features everything from small dishes that include honey cornmeal crusted cheese pups described as what you’d get if a pronto pup and cheese curd got married; deviled eggs, and crab cakes. It also includes other dishes ranging from “po’boys,” burgers and hot dogs to entrees that include steak, seafood and fish and chips. Kraske personally recommends the Cuban burger or the fish and chips entree. Prices range from $6 for snacks and kids meals to $17 for the steak entree. And desserts are included.

“Our Minneapolis location is more of a fine dining location, while this will be more of a casual place, and we’re all right nearby so it’s a great location for us,” Kraske said.

The drinks menu features local microbrews from Stillwater and Minneapolis, including 612 Brew and Indeed, which Kraske said you can’t get in the valley area quite yet. With their restaurant in Minneapolis the family has access to those beers. Available drinks include imported beers, domestic beers and microbrews, along with cocktails and martinis. Happy hours take place 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with $2 off drinks, $2 off tap beer, $1 off wine and $2 off bottled beer.

Since taking over the space located at 193 Third Street in August, the Kraskes hope to add another dimension to the selection of options to appeal to customers who’d like a change.

“We’ve got a fresh new atmosphere, the uniqueness of our menu, the quality of stuff we serve and fun drinks that we have available are reasons why people should come and check us out,” Kraske said. “It’s a fun family spot to be, and me and my brother have kids, so we try and keep it as kid-friendly as it can be.”

Perro Creek Tavern is open 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Meals are available to-go, and a revamped patio will be available for use in the spring.

The Kraskes say the restaurant is available for private party rental, and they are looking into options for live entertainment.

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