An overnight fire claimed a 50-year landmark near the North Shore


A restaurant and bar that's been a popular stopping place for travelers on Lake Superior's North Shore for more than five decades was reduced to ashes early Monday.

Dixie Bar, Grill & Bottle Shop was fully engulfed in flames when Two Harbors firefighters responded to a 2:30 a.m. call, Chief Mark Schlangen told the Lake County News Chronicle. Schlangen said the bar and restaurant were destroyed; the bottle shop was heavily damaged but still standing.

Formerly known as Dixie's Saloon, "Dixie" was purchased by Scott and Deanna Larson (above) in 2007. They said on their website that they'd turned it into a family-run business – getting help on any given day from their four kids and "one or five" grandchildren, while the bottle shop was home to the family dog, Belle.

A Facebook post Monday thanked supporters for their thoughts and prayers, adding "It is tough to see Dixie on the ground. We are not sure what we do now but will keep you updated."

KBJR says the state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

The Two Harbors Fire Department posted condolences, noting that Scott Larson was a former chief of the department.

Dixie was about eight miles north of Two Harbors on Minnesota Highway 2.

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