Publish date:

Couple to close dream restaurant after husband enters hospice care

Robert and Shauna Banta had moved to Pelican Rapids to pursue their dream.

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

Screen Shot 2021-10-24 at 10.11.36 AM

Search for Wisconsin woman whose vehicle was found near Hinckley

Ashley L. Miller, 33, was reported missing on Sep. 24 after her vehicle was found without her in it.

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott will be 'ready to go' for matchup with Vikings

The Dallas quarterback is expected to be available for next Sunday's showdown.

Eddie Rosario

Where Eddie Rosario's championship series heroics rank since 2000

The former Twin put together an all-timer to help the Braves reach the World Series.

plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

1 dead after van crashes and lands on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center

Northbound Highway 100 was shut down following the crash Saturday night.

Jess Peterson

Woman killed in crash ID'd as 'bad ass biker chick' with 'giving spirit'

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.

Father Paul Kubista at St. Mary of Czestochowa

Controversy after Delano priest shares vaccine misinformation in church bulletin

Father Paul Kubista is pastor at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church.


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.