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The Bakken Club to offer business atmosphere

The Bakken Club plans on delivering a limited-membership social and business club, bar and restaurant for individuals with a long-term, vested interest in Williston.

One of its owners, Joel Lundeen, said the club is an establishment where “like-minded individuals can further business relations” while honing a relaxed setting for colleagues and families dine in gourmet fashion.

The club is located at 413 Main St. #102. Owners scheduled an exclusive, invitation-only soft opening between Nov. 20 and Nov. 24 but that was delayed as its kitchen awaits equipment and must first pass inspection from the Williston Health Department.

Lundeen, who bought and renovated The Williston Boutique Hotel two years ago, said his new venture is scheduled to open Dec. 5, provided all building permits are processed.

The idea to build the limited-membership club was inspired by the amount of business being conducted in Williston.

“This is a place to build relationships,” Lundeen said. “The level of service and the relationship-building ability in a private club is different than other bars and restaurants available to the public.”

Premier Membership includes a one-time $5,000 initiation fee and $3,000 annual dues, according to the club’s website. A Corporate Membership, which includes a one-time $15,000 fee and $9,000 dues, offers a single company the opportunity to receive a membership for one primary member plus three additional members.

All memberships feature full spouse privileges and guest policy where a member can invite six guests at a time to enjoy the services.

Patrick Brown, the membership director, said there is a “need and desire to have this place in town to provide these services.”

“It is desirable from a business standpoint,” Brown said.

Visitors entering the front door on Main St. are immediately welcomed by a 30-foot, hand-crafted, hardwood and copper bar featuring an extensive wine and liquor collection, craft beers and specialty cocktails. With more than 70 variations, the club’s section of wines is one of the largest in the region.

The Tuscan Italian Restaurant dining room opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week, according to its website. Dinner entrees include various plates of chicken, seafood and steak, one example being the Pollo Romantico, a double chicken breast topped with spinach, shrimp in a lemon sauce with roasted peppers, mushrooms, onions, in a white wine light tomato sauce.

“We will have the best food in town,” Lundeen said.

Aside from the bar and restaurant, Members of The Bakken Club also have broad amenities at their disposal — an exclusive full-service business center including private call offices, the Bakken Room, a private event space to host private events and a Plan Room to discuss building plans.

The Bakken Room is a 40-seat event space that may be reserved by members for use by their company, board, association, club or other meetings, Brown said. Featuring a 70-inch high-definition flat-screen and WiFi for presentations, it can also be reserved for a private social events.

The Plan Room is scheduled to open early in 2014, once the holiday season passes, Brown said. The room is ideal for contractors and developers to discuss business plans.

In addition, members also have the opportunity to receive a ride to the airport as the club has its own airport shuttle service.

As a members-only club, all new members must be sponsored by an existing member. For information contact Membership@TheBakkenClub.com.

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