Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 6, 2003

Local couple managing new Biscay liquor store

By Julie Yurek

After just one month at the new location of the Biscay Liquor Store, Randy and Charlotte Bruns of Lester Prairie are busy individuals.

The new building opened its doors Nov. 27. Since then, business has been bustling.

Randy has been the store's manager for 15 years, and Charlotte has been the assistant manager for eight years.

"We didn't know what to expect," she said, "going from a small store to a much bigger one."

"It's gone better than I expected," Randy said of the move.

The Bruns were able to provide input into the project, Charlotte said. "We were included on the design of pretty much everything."

"The old building needed a lot of work, so instead of investing money into an old building and still having an old building, the city put money away for a new one," Randy said.

The store also offers an expanded menu, which includes 20 different appetizers and 17 burgers to choose from. Take-out is available, Charlotte said.

For entertainment, the bar area has two pool tables, an electronic jukebox, and numerous TVs.

Every fourth Friday the bar features karaoke. The store would like to try live bands, which could happen soon after the new year, Randy said.

A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25.

What will become of the old building is still uncertain. Demolishing the building for additional parking is one possibility, Randy said, but it is up to the city.

Sometime in the near future, items from the the old store, including the bar, tables, mirrors, and neon signs, will be up for sale, Charlotte said. A date has not yet been set for the sale, she added.

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