History of Excellence

History of  Al &Alma's

From Us To You. History is very important to us at Al and Alma's. Following in the tradition of the "hands-on" owners before us, we count it a privilege to serve you and your guests and take a personal stake in making your next event a great success. We realize that today's savvy consumer has many options when looking for dining and entertainment. At Al and Alma's, our commitment to a long history of excellence drives us to meet your every expectation. Whether your event is business or social, the team at Al and Alma's will serve you with one goal in mind - your complete satisfaction.

Boats for Rent!

Boats for Rent   1920s - 1956

Chester Park Grocery store served as a community hub for local residents. Typical of its time, customers could fill up with gas, buy ice and groceries, eat lunch at the lunch counter, and even rent a fishing boat for a day on the lake.


Remodeled to Supper Club

Supper Club
1956 - 1973

Al and Alma Quist purchased the Chester Park Grocery store and remodeled it into a restaurant. Al and Alma's Supper Club quickly rose to popularity among local residents and summer visitors. Many of the famous menu items that Al and Alma served are still enjoyed by customers today, including our famous porterhouse steak, liver and onions and our browned potatoes to name a few.

Launch of First Dinner Cruise Fleet

Cruise Fleet   1973 - 1983

Under the supervision of its second owners, James "Bud" and Eileen Nolan, the Supper Club introduced its first charter boat. First as an attraction to the restaurant, the early charter boat built in Mora, Minnesota by Boatel entertained customers with a lake cruise prior to eating at the Supper Club. With raving popularity, the Al and Alma's fleet was born along with the summertime dinner cruise

New Owners

View this Magazine   1983

When current owners Merritt and Daryl Geyen purchased Al and Alma's, and expanded the Al and Almas fleet to 7 Yachts.

Largest Express Yacht

History of Al-Almas   1988

Al and Alma's Boat #10 (yes, we used to just number the boats!) is the largest express yacht on Lake Minnetonka – a 59-foot express yacht

First motor yacht Class Cruiser

History of   1994

Introduction of first motor yacht Class Cruiser to Al and Alma's Fleet, the 100 passenger "Avant Garde"

Introduction of "Aventure"

history   1996

Al and Alma's introduces the largest express yacht on Lake Minnetonka – the 64-foot "Aventure"

Supper Club and Loft Renovation

Loft Loft   1997

Original Al and Alma's Supper Club undergoes complete renovation and opens the "Loft" banquet room

Introduction of "Avanti"

Avanti   2000

Al and Alma's introduces the largest express yacht on Lake Minnetonka – the 70-foot "Avanti"

Introduction of "Isabella"


Al and Alma's introduces a new cruise-class 69-foot Signature Motor Yacht, "Isabella", exclusively serving the Port of Wayzata.

Largest motor yacht

Largest Motor Yacht   2010

Al and Alma's commissions the production of the largest motor yacht in Lake Minnetonka history: the 83-foot Signature Motor Yacht, "Bella Vista".

Introduction of "Arabella"


Al and Alma's introduces its second largest Signature Motor Yacht: 74-foot "Arabella", exclusively serving the Port of Excelsior.