Investing in their home town

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007


  Enjoy a cozy room, your favorite beverage, a game of pool, and a delicious meal at Lela & Scott Rosin's renovated Duck Inn.

Enjoy a cozy room, your favorite beverage, a game of pool, and a delicious meal at Lela & Scott Rosin's renovated Duck Inn.

Scott Rosin graduated from Soldotna High School in 1989 and his wife Lela in 1990, but they were not high school sweethearts. Scott says he didn’t really notice Lela until he had been away to college and returned home during a break. They married and now have two children, one of whom is a freshman at SoHi this year. “We’ve come full circle and now are looking for jobs for our kids to do, so you’ll see them sweeping the parking lot or doing other jobs here at the Duck Inn. We love this community. It was a great place to grow up and now to have our kids learning from the same terrific teachers is truly a wonderful experience,” said Lela. Scott and Lela bought the Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road in January, “I finished college in ’95 and came home and worked at odd jobs until landing a position with my present employer. We started buying a few investment properties and then last fall we were driving by the Duck Inn and saw the for sale sign and figured we’d give it a try,” said Scott.

Lela earned her degree in business management, and the couple bought their first four-plex ten years ago, “We loved it so much that two years ago we bought the Marydale Manor in Soldotna, and when the Duck Inn became available we felt it would be a great investment opportunity in a growing community with a lot of potential,” added Lela. The Rosin’s are planning some renovations at the Duck Inn this spring, “We’ll have some surprises coming especially for the restaurant where we’ll be using some local talent and craftsmen from Sterling to create a special Duck Corner. The restaurant was a little bit eighty-ish and we want to bring it up to date while at the same time creating a little Alaskan nostalgia. The menu is really solid with great food. We are offering certified Black Angus rib eye, which is a favorite, and we’ll be adding some new low-cal offerings as well,” said Lela.

The Rosin’s are also excited about the new Kenai River Brown Bears NAHL Hockey team that will kick off their first season this fall at the Soldotna Sports Center, “I think Junior A Hockey will flourish here, I’m a former hockey player and still love to play. We plan on supporting the new Brown Bear team and maybe even creating a signature menu offering like a Brown Bear Burger & Brew, or a Slap Shot Shake. Who knows,” said Scott. The Duck Inn is a popular gathering place between the river cities of Kenai and Soldotna where friends can enjoy their favorite beverage and a game of pool in the spacious lounge. The restaurant is separate from the lounge and offers family dinning from 11:00am to 9:00pm daily. The Duck Inn also features 22 cozy rooms that are perfect for visiting family and friends or year- round travelers to the famous Kenai Peninsula. For more information call 262-2656.

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