About Us

Est. 2017

The Boat Club

The Boat Club is a nautically simplistic space inspired by the amazing view of Lake Superior right out the dining room windows, and the rich Duluth boating and shipping history.  This local flare continues with the menu that includes fresh local fish, fresh seafood, high quality steaks and homemade pastas.

Historic

Fitger's Inn

Duluth’s first brewery was started by Sidney Luce in 1857. Luce built his brewery a block and a half from the present site, and utilized a small, clear brook which later was known as Brewery Creek. His brewery grew, and in 1881 Michael Fink purchased the brewery. Fink built a new, larger brewery on the present Fitger’s site. Fink’s Lake Superior Brewery soon hired a new brewmaster, a young German named August Fitger who graduated from one of Germany’s premier brewing schools. Within the year, August Fitger owned half of the brewery.

Beer production continued for forty years, until Prohibition (1920 -1933) changed matters for all breweries around the nation. Many went out of business. Fitger’s stayed alive by turning out new products such as soda pop and candy bars. Candy lovers in Duluth during the “Roaring Twenties” enjoyed the Fitger’s Flapper, the Fitger’s Spark Plug, the Five Cent Fitger’s Nut Goodie, the King Bee Nougat, and Fitger’s Skookum.  Along with the candy bars, Fitger’s cranked out cases of Lovit Pop, a popular favorite on a hot summer’s day down at Park Point.

After the repeal of Prohibition, Fitger’s resumed brewing strong beer, and business boomed during the 1930’s. Production was up to 100,000 barrels a year by 1940. The Beerhalter family purchased the Brewery in 1944, and operated if for the next quarter century. Fitger’s Brewery closed its doors on September 30, 1972, ending 115 years of brewing on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Fitger’s Brewery Complex was re-opened in September of 1984 with a 48 room hotel, three full service restaurants, and a retail center. In 1995, a group of prominent Duluth business people purchased the Complex, and continue as the driving force behind all positive improvements at Fitger’s, which include the construction of fourteen luxury suites, new dining options, and the beautiful Lakewalk Access.

Jason Vincent & Jeff Anderson

Our Owners

Jason Vincent and Jeff Anderson began their restaurant career in July, 2014 when purchasing Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors, MN.  Over the years, Vincent and Anderson have made significant improvements to their first restaurant, making it a North Shore destination for thousands of locals and tourists.  In July, 2016, the two expanded the Vanilla Bean brand to the Duluth market with the opening of Vanilla Bean Coffee House inside the historic Fitger’s Brewery complex.  This full service coffee house also features homemade baked goods, soup, build your own sandwiches and plenty of sweet treats!  Then in January, 2017, they took over the former Midi Restaurant space inside Fitger’s and created their latest brand – The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar.
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Our Other Properties

A full service restaurant, located on the shores of Lake Superior in Two Harbors, MN. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving made-from-scratch American fare.  We are also a full service caterer available to create chef inspired menus for your event. 

Check out our website for more details.

Vanilla Bean Coffee House also calls Fitger’s Inn home, and is located above The Boat Club on level 1. We offer a full service coffee shop featuring tasty sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, and baked goods. With the best view in the world, drop on by and say hey, grab a coffee, and enjoy soaking up the breathtaking view of Lake Superior with us!

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