Ties to Paul Bunyan?
Paul Bunyan has been in Minnesota folklore history for over a century. The earliest printed stories about him
and his infamous blue ox, Babe, date as early back as 1906. He was a legend in the logging community and an
integral part of Minnesota’s heritage. Kind of like ice fishing, log cabins, the loons floating on the lakes
and rivers and lastly lutefisk dinners put on by area groups throughout the lakes area.
Bites Grill & Bar is located on the beautiful trail of Paul Bunyan right out front of Bites parking lot and game patio. Bites is
not hard to miss as it’s built out of logs and the Paul Bunyan trail passes right in front of big picture windows.
Bites log building was constructed around 1997 with locally sourced logs made from aspen, birch, red oak, and Norway
pines sourced from the George Kinney Memorial Forest located in Crow Wing County Minnesota. They have beautiful
pictures of the process it took to make Bite’s reality. From the logging of the wood right up to the finished masterpiece
that is Bites today.
Throughout the year customers can witness the ever changing seasons of Minnesota life. In the fall the leaves will be in
various shades of yellow, orange, and red creating a scene straight from a postcard. The fireplace will be lit and if you
time it just right you can get a stunning picture of those magnificent logs with the sun setting behind it. Or if you’re
an early riser you can sit inside and look out at the sunrise with your morning cup of coffee and newspaper. During the winter
you will see snowmobiles coming in off the snow-laden trail warming their hands by the roaring fire, grabbing
a bite to eat to fill their rumbling stomachs and telling stories of their various adventures. And in the spring and summer
the snow will have melted and made way for flowers to blossoms, the deer to roam with their new offspring, and the bikers
to visit. With the Paul Bunyan trail right out front there’s endless things to do in the sun or snow. So no matter which
season you find yourself at Bites, make sure you run your hands over the beautifully crafted log walls, venture out on the Paul
Bunyan trail taking pictures of the seasons and grab a bite to eat. And just maybe you will feel the spirit of Paul Bunyan and Babe
as you sit besides the fireplace warming your hands or while you stop in for a refreshing drink and bite to eat after a stroll on the trail.
Stop in today and say hi to the owners, Roger and Wendy Hoplin. Bites Grill and Bar won the Minnesota Restaurant Association’s new award, the Restaurant Neighbor Award, in November 2016.