CKM Solutions

Keeping your restaurant running

CKM Solutions

CKM Solutions is a restaurant consulting company based in Burnsville, MN. The aim is to help owners in keeping their businesses up and running by providing proven operations and financial management advice.

The Owner

Kevin Kraus Jr., Executive Chef and Consultant

Kevin Kraus Jr. graduated at the Art Institutes International in 2003. In the following year, he traveled to Denali, Alaska to open a restaurant for Denali Cabins. He worked with RUI Restaurants and became well versed in controlling the cost and quality of food from the truck to the table.


  • The Tamarack Tap Room
  • Barker's Bar and Grill
  • San Pedro Cafe

Establishing control in costs and quality are just the beginning of running a successful kitchen. It is never too late to begin to be successful.

- Kevin Kraus Jr.


Kevin has been a very important asset to our culinary team(s) at all of our restaurant operations – he is extremely well prepared, organized, reliable and a strong communicator. Kevin has proven his financial worth over time through helping to lower our food costs and back-of-house labor while maintaining, and in some cases increasing the quality of product that we offer to our guests.

- Pete Foster (Wismin Hospitality, LLC, Barker’s Landing, Inc.)