Checking out the Bear’s Den

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005


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  Chef Ernie flares up an epicurean delighta t the new Bear's Den at the K-Beach/Sterling Hwy intersection

Ernie & Laura Pruett inside the newly remodeled Bear's Den at the K-Beach/Sterling Hwy intersection.

With the recent spring like temperatures walking up on a bear den could roust a hungry bruin. However, when you’re as hungry as a bear walking into the new Bear’s Den, formerly the Peninsula Steakhouse will cure anyone’s growling stomach. Chef Ernie Pruett and his wife Laura have recently remodeled and renamed the well known log structure at the K-Beach Rd/Sterling Highway intersection in Soldotna. “We completely changed the interior décor to give it an old Alaskan atmosphere that takes you back in time,” said Ernie. While the tourists are sure to love it, Laura Pruett says that their intention was mainly to please the local community, “We have a large senior population on the Peninsula and we focused on creating a family restaurant featuring popular comfort foods at affordable prices in an atmosphere that the local community will enjoy. We can even make you an old fashioned cream soda.”


Chef Ernie flares up an epicurean delighta t the new Bear's Den at the K-Beach/Sterling Hwy intersection

“We also have a specially priced children’s menu and an adult dinner menu that starts at $9.95 and goes up to high end fine dining specialties for those occasions like anniversaries or a romantic meal with your wife or special someone,” said Ernie. The renovations include a large booth in front of a crackling fire place that can accommodate a small group of 12-15 and a meeting room that seat up to 55. The re-furnished meeting room has also been made into an art gallery that features reasonably priced framed Alaskan prints and art works supplied by the “Old Gray Mare.” “The gallery is perfect for small groups or organizations who want to meet in a very comfortable setting, and is a wonderful setting for banquet functions or parties,” added Laura.

Ernie says they have been busy since they first opened the Bear’s Den last month and are looking forward to a great holiday season and offering folks the kind of happiness that comes from a carefully prepared and nicely served meal. The Bear’s Den is open for breakfast at 7:00am and is open daily 7:00am - 9:00pm and Sunday 7:00am-2:00pm. Reservations are not necessary for breakfast or lunch, but dinner reservations and catering inquiries may be made by calling 262-6546.

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