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Lismore bar reopens under new ownership

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Dave Elkjer and Jennifer Peterson are the new managers of the Lismore Bar and Grill in Lismore, which is under new ownership.

LISMORE -- After years of municipal ownership, the Lismore Bar & Grill is now under private sector ownership, and with the change came a clearing out, a sprucing up and a few new additions to the menu.

Steve Voss of Fulda is the new owner of the establishment, with Jennifer Peterson as bar manager and Dave Elkjer supervising the kitchen area and food service.

The establishment reopened Halloween weekend after being closed for a month. The reopening was eagerly anticipated among the patrons in this small, northwestern Nobles County community.

"I think there was a lot of agitation right away because people didn't understand (why it had to close)," said Peterson. "We had to completely clean the place out, we needed a lot of new equipment and had to get the licenses in place -- that all takes time."

Since its reopening, Peterson said "everybody in town has been great."

The bar was the first to open, with the kitchen opening a week and a half later, following inspection by the health department.

Since then, business has gone well. The bar continues to provide off- and on-sale liquor, and Peterson hopes to add nightly bar specials sometime in the new year.

Peterson has years of experience in food and liquor sales, though this is her first venture as a bar manager. The Slayton woman previously worked in a restaurant and before that was a bartender for a while.

In the kitchen of the Lismore Bar & Grill, Elkjer has added several new menu options for patrons.

Focusing on American fare, the menu includes a variety of burgers, steaks, some pasta dishes and shrimp. Daily and nightly specials are offered, and the kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The bar has extended hours to midnight. The Lismore Bar & Grill is closed on Sundays.

"We do a real nice lunch," said Elkjer.

Daily lunch specials include tator tot hotdish on Monday; all you can eat chicken dinner on Tuesday; spaghetti on Wednesday; hot beef commercials on Thursday; and cook's choice on Friday. Evening dinner specials change from week to week, he added, though prime rib is often a Friday night specialty.

"Pastas are new on the menu, and we have some different sandwiches," he said. "I've got a burger that I make -- a hand-pattied and seasoned half-pound burger that is going well."

A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Elkjer has worked in the restaurant business nearly his entire life. Now of Fulda, he planned and organized the restaurant menu and does a lot of the cooking. The establishment is still in need of employees, from cooks to wait staff and bartenders.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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