LEAD — New proprietors, new management, and a whole new menu are in store for those who visit the newly opened Homestake Chophouse in Lead.
It’s a lot of home cooking. The word is out. And locals flocked to help Gary and Sandee Coe, owners of the Homestake Mansion in Lead, celebrate their Saturday opening of the new Homestake Chophouse at the Roundhouse complex.
Homemade bread and pies, hand-cut Angus choice meat, hand-breaded shrimp, chicken strips, and other items, complemented by sides such as fresh vegetables and freshly cut — not frozen — french fries are just a few of the menu items customers will encounter at the Homestake Chophouse.
“We will carry on the tradition of timeless excellence of two Homestake treasures. Two historic venues unite. The historic Homestake Mansion and now, the Homestake Chophouse,” Sandee said. “We want to create a homey, warm, and comfortable atmosphere throughout the building.”
Gary grew up on a ranch in the Prairie City area and Sandee grew up on a ranch in the Vale area. Both attended high school in Newell, and both attended South Dakota State University. They have been married 49 years.
“We’re South Dakota folk. It’s food for people like us,” said Gary. “I grew up on beef we raised at the ranch. We offer delicious, hand-cut steaks at a reasonable price. There’s no instant anything here. No MSG, no soybean oil. It’s home cooked and home made. All our entrees, even our soups are made from scratch. We strive to make our food over the top.”
Building up the Homestake Mansion as a successful event venue over the past couple of years, Gary and Sandee had a desire to expand the capability of doing events at the Homestake Mansion, arriving at a business decision to expand to the Historic Black Hills Roundhouse.
“We felt it would enhance the ability to host indoor events,” Sandee said.
Thus, they decided to open an eating facility with an entirely new image, new menus, new chefs and new servers, with more of a western ambiance. Furthermore, Gary and Sandee are hands-on.
“We will oversee every step of the operation for excellence,” Sandee said.
“Our goal is to be the best steak house in the Northern Hills,” Gary said.
The Coes have leased 8,500 square feet of the complex — basically two entire floors.
During the day a coffee, lunch, and wine bar will be open. In the evenings the restaurant will be open.
They will also offer a community room for rent to host weddings, receptions, and meetings.
“The Roundhouse was built because Homestake had a railroad that ran from Ft. Pierre to here, where they repaired the locomotives,” Gary said. “That’s part of what is in our heart, is restoring tradition to the community. Mining built the Northern Hills and we want to get back to that idea.”
The Homestake Chophouse is the site of a “Spirits and More” sampler fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the Lord’s Cupboard. A $15 pass entitles the purchaser to pair appetizers and spirits, as well as a wine “candy” bar. All “Spirits and More” proceeds go to The Lord’s Cupboard.
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