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'The Cove' has new owners

Photo by Rachelle Klemme New owners Mike Turk, left, and Curtis Maas opened The Cove, formerly known as The Pine Cove Inn, on May 25.

The Pine Cove Inn has been a landmark four miles north of Wadena for decades, and now it is under new ownership and a new name, "The Cove."

Curtis Maas and Mike Turk took ownership of the restaurant May 1, replacing previous owners Ken and Joyce Price.

After some remodeling and painting, as well as adding a new bar and TVs, the Cove opened Memorial Day weekend.

Turk and Maas said their business venture is an equal partnership and something that neither of them could have done alone.

They are both certified chefs. Turk is a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, and Maas is a graduate of Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie.

"Combined, we probably have 40 years of culinary experience," Turk said.

They have worked in a variety of dining settings, and their paths crossed when they worked together in Menahga and Park Rapids.

Maas and Turk bring different tastes and experiences to the business. Turk said they have homemade sauces, hand cut steaks and contact with local producers.

Maas said his favorite food is fried shrimp, while Turk likes pastas.

"We do shrimp four or five different ways," Maas said.

Turk said he enjoys the creative process of coming up with weekend specials.

The two said opening their own restaurant has been a dream, and they are always looking to improve. They added that they wouldn't have been able to pull off the opening weekend without the help of family, friends and a good support system.

Maas's nephew and summer bar manager Zach Maas said the opening weekend went well and they filled the place twice a night.

A recent graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth, Zach is saving up money to attend graduate school for chiropractic studies.

He said the summer bar manager position was a new level of responsibility for him, but he is familiar with the restaurant business as his father used to own The Uptown.

Fourteen full-time and part-time workers are currently employed at The Cove.

The restaurant is closed on Mondays. It opens 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.