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Gordy's Hi-Hat opens for 48th year

"It may still feel like winter, but it's going to taste like spring," said Dan Lundquist of Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet. "It's time to open; this winter has dragged on long enough."...

"It may still feel like winter, but it's going to taste like spring," said Dan Lundquist of Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet. "It's time to open; this winter has dragged on long enough."

Gordy's Hi-Hat opened Wednesday, March 26, marking the start of their 48th season.

The area landmark drive-in restaurant was opened in 1960 by Gordy and Marilyn Lundquist, and is still owned and operated by the Lundquist family today. Gordy's has become known for its fresh hand-pattied hamburgers, hand-battered fish, homemade onion rings, and fresh blended shakes and malts.

The drive-in has received many restaurant and business awards, including nomination as a "Curbside Classic" by Midwest Living magazine and a "Minnesota Favorite" by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Gordy's has also been recognized as being "Home to the Best Burger in the North," in a book titled "Searching for the Holy Grill." The book is a guide to the Midwest's most divine burgers, written by award-winning author and illustrator Jeff Hagen.

Gordy's will celebrate its 48th season with a number of special events this year, including classic car shows, motorcycle rallies and class reunions.

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Gordy's Hi-Hat employs 50-60 people during the season and is open March to October.

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