Welcome back, Gordy's Hi-Hat! Iconic MN restaurant opens for 55th season


Not many restaurants can get a bunch of Minnesotans up and waiting outside in the morning, on a day when rain and snow fell and the temperature reached only a few degrees above freezing.

But then again, not many restaurants are Gordy's Hi-Hat.

So that's exactly what happened Wednesday morning when the iconic Cloquet eatery unlocked its doors for the first time this season, with FOX 21 reporting customers were lined up 30 minutes before its 10 a.m. opening.

It's the 55th season for the family-owned Gordy's Hi-Hat, nestled on the north side of the St. Louis River as it weaves through the region.

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The fare is, well, classic. Cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, shakes – everything you'd want from an American staple.

It's gotten the attention of big-name foodies, such as Guy Fieri who spotlighted the northern Minnesota restaurant on his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" show.

The restaurant announced earlier this month they'd be opening Wednesday.

It's actually an unusually early start for Gordy's, Northland's NewsCenter notes, and fans can thank the relatively warm weather.

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Gordy's Hi-Hat was built in 1960 by Gordy & Marilyn Lundquist – Duluth natives who 10 years earlier built the first A&W Root Beer stand in Eveleth, and followed that up with the London Inn Drive Inn in Duluth five years later, according to the restaurant's history.

The current owner, Dan Lundquist, told WDIO some of their current customers have been coming by for a bite since Gordy's earliest years.

As of two years ago, Gordy and Marilyn – both in their 80s at that point – were still involved in the business. They'd live half the year in Florida, then come back to Minnesota during Hi-Hat season. Last July, a Reddit user posted a photo of Gordy (seen at left) working the restaurant.

Decades after it opened, and the question still comes up every spring: When can we get some Gordy's?

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