Skip to main content

Minnesota roller skating rink selling on Craigslist for $300K

John Travolta would feel right at home in his place.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

Someone with a dream of owning their own roller skating rink is just $300,000 away from making that dream come true. 

First listed on Craigslist Jan. 26, the Rohler Rink in Brownsdale, Minnesota, is looking for new owners. The Craigslist description reads: 

"Fully operational business, great part time business as is. Has the potential to be a full time gig with creative ideas. Price includes all skates, blades, music set and 20 plus arcade games, pool table and air hockey tables. Turn key business here with unlimited earnings! Fully functional website included, yearly subscription. A full vendor supply list and proof of income available after you're pre approved with bank."

The rink's website says it was built in 1960, but the rink was resurfaced in 2008. 

Grease lightning, baby

So what kind of vibe does the rink roll with? 

"Just imagine kids like from the movie Grease skating to the sounds of The Beatles or The Beach Boys and you’ll get the right idea," the website says

The rink's co-owner, Brett Rohl, says people love the old-school feel. 

"We've only had one or two people say we should remodel," he told the Rochester Post Bulletin. "A lot of people coming in said to keep it the same. They like that it's 'faded' or 'old looking.' I think it's neat."

When the rink does sell, Rohl told the Post Bulletin that he hopes the new owner(s) will keep the rink operational rather than turning it into something else, like a "carpet store," he said. 

Where's Brownsdale?

It's a small town of just under 700 people in southern Minnesota, sort of at the corner if I-35 and I-90, or about a dozen miles east-northeast of Austin, Minnesota. 

Next Up

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.

canada bodies found

Baby, teenager among 4 found dead along MN, Canada border

Authorities believe all four froze to death.

unsplash roller rink skates CROP

Former roller rink, tennis courts will become new sports hub

The Wooddale Fun Zone has been closed since spring of 2020.

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.

summit beach park orono

Plan to develop Orono park on hold after Daytons object

The Dayton family donated the land to the city for the park in the 1970s.

covid nurse doctor hospital wikimedia commons

Child from Twin Cities, school staff member die from COVID

Both deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.


3 clippers will deliver snow to Minnesota through Tuesday

Clippers move through Friday night, Saturday night and again Monday.


Craigslist shuts down personal ads section

It follows the passage of a law that could find websites liable for sex trafficking.

Screen Shot 2019-10-25 at 8.04.50 AM

Giant slide returns, skating rink to debut at CHS Field this winter

The home of the Saints will this year be home to WinterSkate.

Roads in central Minnesota are like 'a skating rink' today

Freezing rain left a coat of ice on the roads.

There's no way your backyard rink looks better than this Minnesotan's

A guy from Maple Grove has the coolest backyard rink you'll see this year.