Butler Building. Now and Then.The Butler Project, LLC, a non-profit incorporated in the State of Minnesota, is located in the historic Butler building for the purpose of restoring it to its original grandeur and contributing to the economic vitality of downtown Aitkin.

The Butler Building contributes significantly to the local area, it’s heritage, cultural traditions and economic impact by engaging in events and activities in the area which generates travel and tourism. The Butler Building offers main level retail, upper level theatre and event/entertainment space, and the lower level featuring two restaurants. The project is being completed in phases, with current focus on the retail area.

Shopping Arcade

The main level will be comprised of an assortment of retail shops including the Beanery, an Internet café and coffee shop and a diverse collection of shops.

The Grotto - Party Preview

Opera House Upper Level for Special Events

The upper level has been fully restored to its original splendor and is available for events such as weddings, 50th anniversaries, fashion shows, fund-raising celebration … any number of events where you want to be in an exciting and beautiful event space.


The lower level is a divine location for a quality restaurant … with ambiance, low level lighting, a bar, quality food, entertainment … what about The Grotto? The back portion would be perfect for a brew pub. We’re interested in talking to restauranteurs about making your vision for this space a reality.

Future Plans for Opera House Entrance & Bar

Future Plans for Opera House Entrance & Bar

Leasing Options

Butler Building Event Contract

Building Details of the Butler Building

Interested in retail space in the Butler Building?

Fill out the Request Form today before it is too late!

Make sure to view our slide show tour of what is coming to the Butler Project!