Fire destroys bar and restaurant at Horse & Hunt Club

A New Year's Eve fire destroyed Trigger's Saloon & Restaurant at the MN Horse & Hunt Club

A New Year's Eve fire destroyed Trigger's Saloon & Restaurant at the MN Horse & Hunt Club

On New Year's Eve a fire ripped through Trigger's Bar & Saloon at the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club located in Prior Lake. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning and the freezing weather conditions made it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze. Fortunately, nobody was injured, but the bar and restaurant were unsalvageable.

Trigger's served as a meeting point for club members and hunters and served up a variety of classic supper club-style dishes, including a classic Minnesotan walleye dinner, steaks, and a variety of burgers and sandwiches. It also housed a special banquet and event center. The plan is to rebuild, but in the meantime, they're looking at some alternative solutions which, according to director of sales, Eric Goettl, could involve some barbecuing.

The Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club is a 600-acre hunting preserve and is one of the state's largest and oldest hunting clubs. The club specializes in giving hunters the opportunity to hunt a wide variety of game birds. The building was not located by any fire hydrants, so special water trucks were brought in to help quell the flames. In a statement to WCCO, Prior Lake Fire Chief Doug Hartman explained how weather hampered their efforts. "Equipment doesn't want to operate as it normally does, and the roads were slick so it all adds up."

The fire was eventually put out around 11:30 a.m., but the hunting club was forced to cancel their New Year's festivities. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but total losses are estimated to be between $2 and $3 million.

According to the club's website, outdoor activities were scheduled to resume last weekend for the Minnesota State Pheasant Championship.

On their website, the Horse & Hunt Club stated, "It's a sad day for all associated with the Club, but rest assured that we will rise like the mythical phoenix from the ashes to be better than ever. The good news is that nobody was injured."

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