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May 11, 2009

Kasson action = Daniels buys Diggers

I know this is pretty well known by now. But here are the details:


One Kasson eatery is digging in by acquiring a nearby, well-known watering hole.

The owners of Daniel’s Restaurant & Northwoods Lounge bought Digger’s Bar & Grill.

Sunday was Digger’s last day as a bar. However, it will live on through its attached events center.

“We’ll be open as an event-only facility. So the bar is not going to be open on a day-to-day basis,” says Dan Gadient, the majority owner of Daniel’s.

Why take this step? “It has been very difficult for us to do catering for weddings and meetings of any size because we don’t have the facility to do it in,” he said. “It is one way for us to expand our business almost overnight.”

So Gadient and his partners, which include his wife, MargAnn, head chef Tony and Malia Saker and the Gadients’ daughter, Danielle Schmitz, with her husband, Matt, bought Diggers from Dick Schwanke.

Why not keep the bar open and use the event facility?

“That would be too much at once. We’re taking one giant step right now. The event center is big enough,” Gadient said. He did not discount re-opening the bar at a later date.

What about people who already have events scheduled at Digger’s this summer? The Daniel’s crew will honor those agreements, starting with events this week.

“We have fielded a lot of calls from nervous brides. Don’t worry. We’ll take of them,” Gadient says.


Just a way of saying Daniels is the only one that can cater in there now. Daniels prices are high in the first place.

As I recall not only is the food very over priced its not that great of a quality. Unless you eat Fish & Chips which they are well known for. Looks like Pete's and the Saloon are going to have an increase in business.

Daniel's make everything fresh from scratch and is family owned and operated. I think the event center is a great addition to their restaurant business and great for the community of Kasson. I know of many people that drive from Rochester to eat at Daniel's regularly. It's nice to see a business expand during these hard economic times when many businesses are laying off or closing.

People always complain about resturants not being very good or overpriced, dont eat there then, its as simple as that.

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