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Where home-cooked meals meet friendly conversation

November 16, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Home-cooked meals and friendly conversation is what keeps diners coming back to the Iron Horse Restaurant & Bar.

Located just south of Chassell on Snake River Hill, the Iron Horse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week in a comfortable and casual dining atmosphere.

"We are all about good, home-cooked food at a reasonable price," General Manager Sandy Sague said.

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Iron Horse Restaurant & Bar kitchen manager and head chef Luke Hytinen and waitress Sam Tammelin stand near the sign in front of the business on Snake River Hill just south of Chassell.

The Iron Horse, formerly the Keweenaw Berry Farm, opened in April after extensive renovations to the interior of the restaurant. In addition to the spacious dining areas, there is dining in the bar area that features happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

Kitchen manager and head chef Luke Hytinen said their menu has gone over exceptionally well, especially their genuine Broaster Chicken and gourmet burgers.

"The South Entry burger is a big seller," he said. "It's a half-pound burger with smoke house bacon, onion rings, house barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese."

Another favorite is the Swiss Cap - a half-pound burger topped with Wisconsin Swiss and a grilled portabella mushroom cap.

Under the sandwiches, the Stagecoach Chicken and Iron Horse Club are popular selections. The Reuben Cowboy and Pulled BBQ Pork are also a hit.

"We open for breakfast at 8 a.m. and the menu includes homemade biscuits and gravy, baked berry oatmeal and Nisu French toast, along with Vollwerths' meats," Sandy said.

For dinner, the Iron Horse offers house specialties including the New York strip, Sockeye salmon, fresh fish from Peterson's Fish Market and "melt in your mouth" pork ribs.

Of course there's always homemade soups, chili, salad and items for the kids.

Appetizers, like the beer-battered onion rings, popcorn chicken, chili cheese fries, and mozzarella sticks make the perfect start to any meal. As an authorized Broaster Chicken dealer, Luke said they offer dine-in and carry-out orders in a variety of portion sizes. One-piece chicken meals to 16-piece family meals come with sides and biscuits. Buckets of chicken are available up to 24 pieces.

Specials include a Friday Fish Fry, broasted pork chops Saturday night and Sunday offers Mexican food items. Weekday specials include basket meals like the hand-battered gulf shrimp, coconut shrimp, chicken tenders and beer-battered fish.

"We want this to be a place where you can relax and dine with family and friends," Sandy said. "Or, you can come in and shoot some pool, have a few drinks and a few laughs, and enjoy the ball game."

During happy hour, drinks (excluding tap beer) are 50 cents off. Discount appetizers are also available like their 35 cent wings.

The Iron Horse has pool league Monday nights, and eventually, Sandy said they're hoping to start a dart league.

Free Wi-Fi is available and students are welcome to drop in for a bite while working on their assignments.

"We're hoping students will take advantage of that," Sandy said. "They can get away from school, grab a burger, and get some homework done."

Fresh, made-from-scratch baked goods are available daily including cookies, cakes, pies, cheese cakes, bars and Nisu.

In the Spring, Sandy said they're going to be opening the ice cream shop in an adjacent building.

While Christmas is just around the corner, the Iron Horse is welcoming holiday parties and other special occasions. Full-service catering is available on or off-site.

For more information, call 523-4023 or visit

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Iron Horse Restaurant & Bar of Chassell. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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