After an electrical fire closed the bar and grill down for two years, the Dusty Eagle in Dalbo reopened earlier this month.
“We knew the community missed the place and we missed the place, too,” co-owner Judy Cassman said. “We’re really good at what we do, so we figured we might as well.”
A grand opening event will take place Saturday, July 21 and will feature prize giveaways and some free beer.
Her husband, co-owner Donny Cassman, cooks the food himself, while Judy bar tends and does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work.
Donny and Judy have spent the last several months remodeling inside and out, with new walls with insulation, new tile floor, new furniture, a polished wood bar, new kitchen equipment and central air conditioning and heating.
“The fire didn’t wreck everything, but everything needed to be updated anyway,” Judy said.
The Cassmans bought the bar in 1999 before the fire in July 2010 caused smoke damage. They spent much of the last two years caring for Donny’s mother, who had cancer and passed away last March. They’ve also purchased the building next door, which they plan to tear down to expand parking.
They started thinking about reopening earlier this year, which is when Judy discovered a Dusty Eagle fan page on Facebook. When Judy took over management of the page, it jumped from about 30 fans to over 300 in a week.
“I look forward to the people,” Judy said. “We’ve gotten to know the community.”
The Dusty Eagle opened its doors Tuesday, July 3, and Judy said they’ve been busy working long days. She and Donny do most of the work, but their daughter Julie Anderson helps out, too.
Their nephew Mike Falconer painted the deer above the front door inside, as well as artistic wood burnings on the bar.
“I really want to thank friends and family who have helped make this happen, because it wouldn’t have been possible without them,” Judy said. “People have been so nice and so helpful.”
The Dusty Eagle serves a variety of typical bar food, such as burgers, fries, chicken strips, chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches and the Dalbo Special—a burger with fried mushrooms and onions, American and Swiss cheese and bacon.
Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes items like eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, French toast, pancakes and omelets.
The Dusty Eagle is located at 5183 Hwy. 47 NW in Dalbo, Minn. Kitchen hours in the summer are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter. The bar is open until 1 a.m. For more information, call 763-689-5642.