UPDATE (5/26/22 8:15 AM): The new Hidden Pines Bar & Grill at the Zumbro Valley Golf Course in Mantorville has announced their opening date and hours!

Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
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When Does the Hidden Pines Restaurant in Mantorville Open?

According to a post on their Facebook page, the new restaurant will open TODAY, May 26, at 2:00 PM.  They will also open on Friday, May 27 at 2:00 PM.

Saturday, May 28 they will be closed to honor previously scheduled graduation parties, and then back open at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30.

Regular 11 am open will start on Tuesday, May 31.

Check out a sneak peek of the Hidden Pines menu below!

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Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
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The menu includes an excellent selection of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbreads.

Hidden Pines Menu
Hidden Pines Menu (click to enlarge)
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Original Story posted on March 31, 2022:

If everything goes according to plan, come May, business partners Danika Hodgman and Miguel Aguilera will open a new business,  Hidden Pines Bar and Grill at Zumbro Valley Golf Course in Historic Mantorvillem Minnesota. Right now they're renovating the space, making great use of the huge windows overlooking the golf course.

Before Remodel of the upper level of the Zumbro Valley Golf Course Club House

BEFORE - Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
BEFORE - Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
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Sneak Peek During Remodel For New Hidden Pines Restaurant at Zumbro Valley Golf Course

Sneak Peak during Remodel - Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
Sneak Peak during Remodel - Hidden Pines Bar & Grill
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What kind of food will Hidden Pines Bar & Grill serve?

"We'll be serving comfort food," said Dannica Hodgan. "Quick food that everyone knows likes and in a casual atmosphere that anybody can enjoy." That'll include lots of appetizers, flatbread pizzas, burgers ("really good burgers" throws in Miguel), dinner salads, wings, and more.

The idea came up when Miguel Aguilera was golfing.

"I was golfing one day, not very well, but I was golfing. And afterward, I was like, gosh, I'm hungry. And I realized that I had to, we had to go to either Casey's to get a quick pizza, or we had to go into Byron or Rochester to get some food. And it just all made sense. It just all made sense."

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but I think it should be adjusted to hunger in the mother of invention.

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The Business Partners With Lots of Experience In the Front and Back of the House

Miguel Aguilera says his experience began as a young kid, with relatives that had restaurants like Victoria's and The Tap House.

"You know, growing up around Victoria, seeing family work in the restaurant business, I kind of grew up around it cause my parents worked there. So I did, I've done it all. I tarted dishwashing, food running, serving tables, and eventually got into managing."

Danika Hodgman grew up and went to high school in Mantorville (She's a KOMET!) and then worked at the Tap House. When the Tap House West End opened, she met Miguel, the manager, and learned about opening new restaurants. She says she was, "working under some awesome leaders and great bosses that worked alongside us, sharing their knowledge."

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Gull Lake, MN USA (Photo by Erik Ringsmuth on Unsplash)
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The two then had an opportunity last summer to open up a sand bar on Gull Lake at one of the Brainerd, Minnesota resorts. The cold winter and some homesickness brought them back to SE Minnesota and in May, they'll be opening Hidden Pines Bar and Grill.

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Danica Went to Kasson-Mantorville High School So Let's Check Out Kasson, Too!

This home is amazing...from the exposed brick in the kitchen to the maid's stairwell, it is stunning.

LOOK: Kasson Home Built In 1900 Is Updated, Historic, and Even Has A Maid's Stairwell

3 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2800 square feet with a massive 4 car garage with the list price of $379,000. 

Property Description of 201 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN 55944 -

This is a one-of-a-kind, this gorgeous two-story home has been renovated top to bottom. Keeping true to the history of the home, much of the original charm remains. 

This home used to be a birth house and has been given a new life. You'll drool over the beautiful original floors and woodwork. 

It's super fun to see the maid stairwell that has been preserved. 

A laundry list of updates including refinished and redesigned kitchen, Flooring, Paint, Windows, and more! The backside of the lot (0.2 acres) is parceled off. The land can be purchased separately, just ask the agent.