ReGrow Dining Spotlight

Manitou Grill & Event Center
Ross Carter-GM, Brian Farrell, Owner

White Bear natives will remember the Conoco-Phillips station on the corner of 4th St. & Hwy. 61Brian Farrell and partners purchased the propertand built the beautiful Manitou Station restaurant in 2009. Today the name has changed to Manitou Grill & Event Center, and Farrell is the sole proprietor, but the beautiful space remains. The spacious restaurant with intricate woodwork was modeled after the traditional pubs of Ireland. 

The theme and menus have changed over the years, but the restaurant has gone back to their roots, says GM Ross Carter. Carter, a native of WBL, spent two decades in LA in the hospitality trade before moving his family back to White Bear Lake for the high quality of life here. Chef Jason Gunderson and team have brought back many of the Irish dishes that Manitou has become known for: Shepard’s Pie, Fish & Chips, & their Signature Scotch Eggs. They have a classic style Lobster Roll that Carter says is a fan favorite. Bar Manager Laura Zender keeps the beverage program fresh with 16 beers on tap and a craft cocktail menu that is always changing. 

For years, the Pub has been a top spot for live music in the area. After a hiatus, Carter and Farrell had put together an awesome lineup for 2020, only to be put on hold due to COVID. They hope to start back up again when it is safe again. 

Carter feels the Grill is well suited to withstand the challenges of COVID due to their large space, where they can safely seat more patrons, and technology which enables contactless payment. They’ve also developed an excellent Take-Out system at  

COVID has been challenging, but things are improving and, according to Carter, “we’re all happy and grateful to be in business and part of this great community”. 

This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.