Happy 4th of July weekend!  

This is a big weekend in Skare family history - 40 years ago Dick and Carol opened the Cookery's doors for the first time.  They bought the restaurant while on their honeymoon in May.  Aspiring restauranteurs from Minneapolis, they met while working side by side at a supper club just outside the city.  One shopkeeper, Hazel Elliott, took them around to a few places, and they fell in love with the Cedar Ridge Grill, a 12 seat cafe with a few counter seats and cottages in the back.  

The original Cookery in winter of 1978.

The original Cookery in winter of 1978.

Dick and Carol came to Fish Creek one week before they opened the restaurant, with Carol driving one car full of boxes and Dick driving another with a trailer full of furniture hitched behind.  They quickly got to work in the restaurant, shopping at a local Cub Foods to prepare food for the weekend.  Dick manned the kitchen with his brother, John, while Carol took orders and managed the front.  Carol remembers that they bought so much lettuce she had to make lettuce soup as a special after a few days, relying on her experience of learning to cook on her mother's apron strings to create the first of many delicious recipes. 

Dick and Carol outside the Cookery.

Dick and Carol outside the Cookery.

After a busy opening weekend, the rest was history.  Dick and Carol spent the next 30 years working hard, eventually expanding to become an 85 seat restaurant that included lodging and a full line of jams and sauces.  In May 2008, The Cookery began another chapter when a devastating fire caused the restaurant to close its doors for the season.  The restaurant re-opened in June 2009.

Dick and Carol on opening day of the new building, June 2009.

Dick and Carol on opening day of the new building, June 2009.

This weekend the Skares will celebrate The Cookery's 40th anniversary the same way they celebrated the opening of the restaurant - by working hard (this time alongside their daughters!) to bring delicious, homemade food featuring local products to the table in a family friendly atmosphere.  If you're in town, stop by and say congrats! 

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