Trout Air, Minnesota’s Bygone Summer Destination, Returns — Trout Air Tavern at Running Aces

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony to be Held at the Casino on Thursday, May 7th

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will celebrate the return of Trout Air with the grand opening of Trout Air Tavern from 4pm through 8pm on Thursday, May 7th at a ribbon-cutting event held at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack. The name of the restaurant originates from Trout Air — the “catch-your-own” ponds where so many Minnesotans came to enjoy the fishing and family fun from 1964 through the 1990s, and where Running Aces Casino & Racetrack stands today.

“In 1964, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva were hitting homers left and right — and Trout Air was born in Columbus, MN,” said Taro Ito, President and CEO of Running Aces. “Just as the Twins and Trout Air helped define Minnesota summers in the ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond, we know that Trout Air Tavern will define Minnesota summers for years to come.”  

Owned and operated by the Preiner family, Trout Air was originally comprised of “catch-your-own” fishing ponds, but after 10 years the Minnesota destination became so successful that the Preiners added a restaurant. Forty years later, Running Aces is proud to maintain the legacy of family values and fun.

“The place where thousands of Minnesotans once took their kids fishing — it was a fascinating idea to me,” explained Ito. “We decided that Trout Air was far too important of a landmark in Minnesota’s history to pass up the opportunity, so went forward with a plan to recreate the nostalgia, and make sure Minnesotans never forget: trout is king.”

About Running Aces® Casino & Racetrack
Running Aces is the Twin Cities’ premier card room and entertainment destination, with live harness horse racing in the summer and unbeatable entertainment and cuisine year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Running Aces employs over 600 dedicated individuals that have been serving up the best in food, cards and entertainment since 2008. Running Aces is located one exit past the collision of 35E and 35W, just 17 minutes from 694.

Contact: Aaron Bedessem at or at 651.925.4587.

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