Updated: March 24, 2021 06:15 PM
Created: March 24, 2021 05:42 PM
An exciting time of the year is back in the Northland with Gordy's Hi-Hat opening for the season Wednesday morning.
When Gordy's opens that is a sure sign that spring is in the Northland. On opening day there was a line of cars and people anxiously waiting to get their burger and shake fix.
"It's exciting to see the traffic and the people that it brings in," said Emily Eckstrom, a customer from Cloquet.
"I drove by and saw it was open so I turned around and came back," said Terry Netland, a loyal costumer from Duluth.
Gordy’s Hi-Hat is a spring must-have meal and is even a tradition for loyal customers like Netland who have been enjoying the food for years.
"I've been coming here probably close to 50 years just a little bit after they opened I started coming. The food is excellent all the time and that's why I keep coming back. I can't find a burger any other place that tastes like these," said Netland.
While Netland was at Gordy's he also picked up some food for his wife.
"I got a double cheeseburger. My wife likes the shrimp burgers and this is one of the few places that have them so I got one of them for her when she gets home tonight to have a surprise," said Netland.
"We always get the bacon cheeseburgers and cheese curds. I like Gordy's it's like a family restaurant and it's a good tradition," said Eckstrom.
On its' 61st season, Gordy’s is bringing back the carhop service they used last year.
"We actually kind of threw it back 60 years to our roots which is carhop service the same way that my grandparents opened this restaurant 60 years ago," said Sever Lundquist, Gordy's grandson.
Lundquist said the carhop service was a big hit and said they had a great season last year and hope for the same this season.
"A lot of people liked the carhop service and it's a safe efficient way to serve our customers without them needing to stand in line," said Lundquist.
Lundquist said they will keep offering the carhop service beyond the pandemic and also hope to eventually welcome customers back for dine-in service again.
"We're hopeful that we can get to a more traditional style of service because that way it's easier for us to actually see our customers rather than serving them from their vehicles. We're excited to see our regulars face to face again," said Lundquist.
A little bad weather didn’t affect business at all during the day, proving the iconic and special role Gordy’s has in the community.
"We've had a lot of people that are excited. We have customers that have been coming here for 60 years and those are the ones that are first in line in. It's exciting to see all of them again and see all of our employees and staff back at it."
Gordy's is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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