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The Cove closes

The Cove, an iconic restaurant four miles north of Wadena, closed Thursday.

The Cove, a restaurant and bar that has been a Wadena landmark for more than six decades, closed Thursday.

But Dean Uselman, director of the Wadena Development Authority, is hopeful the establishment along the golf course four miles north of town won't be shuttered for long.

"It's not necessarily a dead project," Uselman said Monday, without getting into specifics. "We're still working on putting this thing together for someone else to takeover."

Co-owner Curt Maas declined to comment last week. His business partner, Mike Turk, stepped away from restaurant operations earlier this summer, while retaining his financial stake.

Reached by phone Monday, Turk said he, too, would rather not comment.

"If I do get the chance to reopen it, I'd rather keep it to myself," Turk said.

One of Wadena's oldest restaurants, the Pine Cove Inn opened in the early 1950s. Throughout the years, it's had a variety of owners and has previously closed for periods of time. When Maas and Turk - both certified chefs - purchased it from Ken and Joyce Price in May 2012, they shortened the name to The Cove.

In April, the development authority loaned the restaurant $15,000. The Cove provided about a half dozen jobs and, as a dining destination, drew people to the Wadena area, Uselman said.

"We're going to try to make something happen (to reopen it)," he said. "We want to have as many businesses operating as we can."