Lisa and Mike Erland, owners of Fun Country Powersports, are taking fun in a different direction.
The couple have purchased the former Four C’s Catering and leased the former Windseeker/Bent River building, 1535 Bargeway Rd., right next to the Columbia River and Riverfront Trail in the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area. They are combining the two into a catering and event business. They also plan to add a high-end pub with a limited menu on the bar side of the building.
“We’ve leased the building for one year and plan to purchase it when the year is up,” Lisa says.
The Erlands have been talking with Carol Malcolm, owner of Four C’s, for some time about purchasing her catering business when she retires. Carol has agreed to stay on as an employee of the business for a year.
“We will be searching for somebody to eventually take over the catering,” Lisa says.
Under the Erlands’ ownership, the business will be called Four Seasons Catering and Bargeway Pub.
The business will not include a restaurant, Lisa stressed. The pub will serve beer, wine and hard alcohol, with a limited bar menu that will include burgers.
The event side has capacity for about 120 people. The large windows open on a river view, as well as the spectacular gardens that surround much of the property. The outdoor deck includes a pergola with climbing grape vines. She’s hoping the spectacular scenery will draw business from weddings, parties, receptions, and business meetings.
Asked why the owners of a company that sells motorcycles, snowmobiles and other powered sports equipment decided to open an event business and pub, Lisa says, “Mike’s always really been kind of a foodie.”
Mike also has a lot of experience as a promoter, which will be an advantage for a business location that is a bit off the beaten path.
Lisa and Mike envision bringing events to the location that will attract visitors, including the 18,000 people who stop in The Dalles every year while on river cruises.
The Erlands’ daughter, Sarah, will also be involved with the business. She is finishing up her master’s degree and will then become involved in the management of the business.
“She has vision like her dad,” Lisa says.
While work is still under way on the building, the business is already taking reservations for Christmas parties.
Anyone who would like to make a reservation may call 541-993-6406. In addition, the business can still be reached through Carol Malcolm’s website: 4cscatering.com.
FUN COUNTRY EXPANDING TOO!
The Erlands have also purchased the former A&P Recycling facility on Webber Road. The property will be used for storage space for Fun Country Powersports. Fun Country has recently begun carrying Cargo-mate closed trailers, which have increased the company’s demand for space.
“At our current location, we are out of space — there’s no room,” Lisa says. The property will be used strictly for storage overflow.