Couple to close dream restaurant after husband enters hospice care

Robert and Shauna Banta had moved to Pelican Rapids to pursue their dream.
Author:
Publish date:

A couple who moved out of the Twin Cities to pursue the good life in northern Minnesota have been forced to abandon their dream due to a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Robert and Shauna Banta fell in love after working together for many years and realized their feelings for each other as their time as colleagues was due to come to an end.

They married in 2013 and headed north, looking for a life of hiking, camping and fishing, and realized the second part of their dream in 2016 when they acquired the Screaming Eagle restaurant in Pelican Rapids.

But their dream suffered a massive setback this past January, when what was originally thought to be bronchitis and back pain for Robert turned out to be cancer.

Friends of the couple had issued an appeal in March in the form of a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help with their bills and keep the restaurant open.

Unfortunately, Robert's condition has since worsened considerably and after the latest treatment didn't work, they have decided to stop treatment. He's now on in-home hospice care.

As a result, the couple are returning to the Twin Cities and are closing Screaming Eagle, with its final day of business this Saturday between 7-11 a.m.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

"We are managing his pain and the hospice team has us set up with equipment so he is more comfortable at the house," Shauna Banta wrote on the restaurant's Facebook page.

"Robert would like for us to return to the Twin Cities so we can be closer to our support system of family and friends. Therefore we will be closing Screaming Eagle."

You can contribute to the fundraiser for the couple here. As of Dec. 9, it has raised just over $5,500.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.

Sars-Cov-2

Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.

Related

Robert and Shauna Banta

Restaurateurs pursuing their dream in northern MN rocked by cancer diagnosis

The couple fell in love after working in the Twin Cities, but one is now fighting for their life.

Ben Neel

Pine County deputy to enter hospice care after devastating stroke

The father of four has been undergoing treatment since October.

Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 11.45.36 AM

Acclaimed Mill District restaurant to close after 14-year run

Spoonriver was popular with patrons of the Guthrie Theater.

Screen Shot 2019-07-07 at 8.36.18 AM

Acclaimed Minneapolis restaurant Corner Table to close

Its current owners have been running the south Minneapolis eatery since 2011.

Heirloom restaurant in St. Paul closes its doors

The farmhouse-style restaurant had a short-lived no-tipping policy.

Screen Shot 2019-10-10 at 9.21.46 AM

Popular Asian restaurant in St. Paul to close after more than 20 years

The owner of the University Avenue restaurant has decided to retire.