Irma’s Kitchen is closed for the 2019 season and will re-open in the spring of 2020.
Irma’s Kitchen is located at the south end of Cragun’s Resort in the former home of the Hungry Gull Restaurant. The restaurant was originally developed by Walter and Lena Frampton back in 1926. Lena cooked and served three hearty meals a day, lumberjack style. In 1946, Ben and Eleanor Curry became the new owners of this Brainerd MN restaurant. They added the dining room’s north wing with timbers coming from the Pine Beach Peninsula. They expanded the resort and operated it until the early 1960’s. Thereafter, the Thiel, Yoho and Bearson families owned and operated the resort known as Island View Lodge until the late 80’s.
In 1988, Dutch and Irma Cragun purchased Island View and connected it to the Cragun Complex. The Lodge was opened a year later after kitchen enlargement and redecorating as the Hungry Gull Restaurant & Bar. When you come to dine, take notice of the Pastry Cooks cupboard which was salvaged from the kitchen by Irma and refinished to retain part of the buildings tradition of good cooking. The name for Gull Lakes freshest new restaurant, “Irma’s Kitchen”, was chosen to acknowledge the important role that Irma Cragun played in the food service at Cragun’s Resort over the years.
As for the food, all items are made in house using many of Irma’s recipes and the freshest local ingredients. The menu is divided into sections titled Social Plates, Soup & Small Salads, Between Bread, Steaks and Entrees. Irma’s Kitchen showcases local products and serves dishes like Artisanal Cheeses & Charcuterie Board, Bacon Scallops, Juicy Lucy, Irma’s 1988 Pot Roast Dinner and 28-Day Aged steaks for dinner.