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Ann Marie’s Kitchen closes its doors

By Staff | Jul 16, 2017

The business of barbecue can be pretty sticky. It could be in part to the amount of molasses or brown sugar in a lot of barbecue sauces. However, for Scott and Katie Reisenbigler and their Winnebago-based restaurant, Ann Marie’s Kitchen, it’s a lot stickier than molasses.

So sticky, in fact, that Ann Marie’s Kitchen will not be returning. Well, not with the same name, anyway.

The Riesenbiglers were approved for a Winnebago Economic Development Authority loan back in February of this year. Their loan, which was publically discussed in the February Winnebago EDA meeting was actually a partnership between the Winnebago and Faribault County’s EDA.

Winnebago guaranteed half of $15,000 toward a $55,000 building and equipment price tag, with the county guaranteeing the other $7,500. The two EDAs also split a guarantee of an additional $15,000 line of credit.

But, as the Reisenbiglers have come to find out, no amount of money can predict what happens when you purchase an older building.

“When you buy an older building, you expect things to break down,” says Scott Reisenbigler. “We just didn’t expect so many things to go at once. The bank and EDA were more than willing to give us a loan to get everything fixed, we just weren’t prepared to take on the debt in addition to what we already have.”

Reisenbigler says after he and his wife Katie deliberated, they decided their best option was to close Ann Marie’s Kitchen doors and focus their energy (and finances) on doing local events and caterings to continue to have a healthy income. Not to mention the number of hours Scott has dedicated to getting back into driving trucks for Continental Carbonics to get additional income.

“Continental has been great with their flexibility and willingness to work around Scott’s schedule so he can do all of these events. We are very blessed for that,” says Katie.

The hope for the Reisenbiglers is that they reopen in the spring of 2018, but they won’t be coming back as Ann Marie’s Kitchen. And they will be coming back with a brand new barbecue concept as well, according to the owners.

But for now, their focus is on catering. Whether it’s a family reunion, a wedding, an office party, holiday celebration, or any other event, they encourage their patrons to give them a ring at (507) 893-3030.

“Scott can do more than just barbecue, too,” says Katie. “Just let us know what you’re thinking and we’re happy to help.”

Down in Iowa, the pair is known for their barbecue under the name “Scotty Biggs BBQ,” and they’re bringing that well-known name up to Minnesota.

“We will be gradually transitioning to Scotty Biggs BBQ and it will be a quick-serve BBQ restaurant think Chipotle restaurant, but with barbecue,” says Scott.

Until then, the couple hope people will look for their delectable barbecue treats at area events under the Scotty Biggs banner.

The local barbecue vendors will be at Paddlefish Days in Madison Lake on July 22, the Martin County Fair and, of course, the Faribault County Fair.

Keep an eye out for their unique barbecue treats all around the area.