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Kavanaugh's - A Minnesota Family Resort Steeped in Family Tradition

In August of 1969, Sherman and Mae Kavanaugh purchased a small Minnesota family housekeeping resort known as Brown's For Rest. Located on Sylvan Lake near Brainerd, the resort included nine cabins and a residence. During the early years, the lower level of the residence was remodeled to become Kavanaugh's restaurant, with an original capacity of 35. Mae ran the food operation and did most of the cooking until the early 90's, when the youngest son, Tom, took over as head chef.

This family resort has changed dramatically over the years. After purchasing, the nine resort cabins were winterized for year round use. Today, none of the original cabins remain, all have been replaced with deluxe townhomes and cottages. In addition, Kavanaugh's now includes an indoor pool complex, and many more amenities. Sherm, with help from his four sons, operated the resort and restaurant until 1994, when he sold the property to his sons.

Today, John is the general manager of Kavanaugh's, and his wife - Vicki, - manages the office and reservations. Tom and Mark head up the real estate sales department and Dave is resort operations manager and in charge of all construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Dave's wife, Brenda, manages the front desk. Mae and Sherm's original dream has not only survived over the past 39 years, but has thrived to become one of the premiere vacation destinations in the state of Minnesota.

Sherm and Mae Kavanaugh Sherman Kavanaugh, founder of Kavanaugh's Resort and Restaurant in East Gull Lake died Sunday, March 11th, 2001  in Brainerd.

Mae Kavanaugh, co-founder of Kavanaugh's and the inspiration behind Kavanaugh's Restaurant, died on October 1, 2002.

Buying a resort and opening a restaurant in 1969, Sherm and Mae hoped to begin their dream of building a successful business and family operation. They accomplished that dream with considerable hard work, dedication and love. Their example inspired four sons to form a partnership and purchase the operation from their parents in 1994. Hopefully, Sherm and Mae's legacy will continue through many future generations.
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