OACOMA| An iconic restaurant visited by Interstate 90 travelers as they cross the Missouri River is getting a new owner.
After 94 years with the same family, Al's Oasis in Oacoma will now be operated by a partnership formed by U.S. Hotels, a subsidiary of the Sioux Falls-based Ramkota Companies, the Daily Republic reported (http://bit.ly/Wa9TfE ).
The Mueller family, which has owned the tourist attraction since it opened as a grocery store in 1919, will become one of the investors in the partnership.
The family decided to sell to Ramkota because of its roots in South Dakota and its understanding of the state's tourism and hospitality industries, according to a statement.
Al's Oasis includes a grocery store, restaurant and other visitor amenities, all arranged in Old West-style storefronts visible from the highway.
Ramkota is also involved in the pending sale of Cedar Shore Resort, which is about three miles away from Al's Oasis.
Cedar Shore could receive a boost from the state Legislature if the Senate approves HB 1030, which includes $3 million in bonds for shoreline stabilization and related work at the resort. The legislation, which was introduced by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, has already passed in the House and was passed by the Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday.