Siblings bring fine dining back to Pipestone
PIPESTONE — Downtown Pipestone looks different these days.
It’s still very red, but where two condemned buildings sat empty for many years now stands a brand new restaurant and bar.
Equipped with seating for more than 300 people, the Stonehouse Supper Club and Quarry Lounge opened on Main Street earlier this month.
The spacious restaurant and bar has a family-friendly atmosphere, and it’s easy to explain why. Brothers Tony and Cory Julson are the owners and managers, while their sister Lacey heads up the service staff.
The family connections don’t end there. Tony’s wife, Sophia, and Cory’s wife, Kaila, have been called in to help out since the store opened on June 6. Tony’s son, Anthony, helps out in the kitchen.
The brothers, born and raised in Flandreau, S.D., got their first restaurant experience working at Mad Mary's Steakhouse.
“That’s kind of where our dream came from,” Tony said. “We started out young and felt like we could see ourselves doing this one day.”
They got their opportunity about 18 months ago when The Livestock Exchange LLC, a local investment group, agreed to tear down the unoccupied buildings on Main Street and build a new restaurant to lease out.
“They didn’t like a couple of buildings sitting condemned on Main Street and there was a need for a fine dining restaurant,” Tony said. “We found out that when the Pipestone community wanted to go out and have a nice meal, they often traveled to Flandreau, Luverne, nearby towns. They were eager to have something in their own community.”
The community now gets an additional dining option after losing Gannon's in 2003 and Swanny’s in 2012. The Supper Club’s dinner menu is primarily that of a upscale steakhouse, offering a large variety of beef, pork and fish along with specialty sandwiches.
The facility has an outdoor patio, indoor dining room, party room and bar area with pool tables, dart boards and a golf simulator. The investment group paid to construct the building, while the Julsons decked out the inside.
Everything about the restaurant was done to appeal to Pipestone residents, including little details like the industrial interior, red brick exterior and even the name, which ties into the city’s deep history of pipestone rock.
“We tried to come up with something that tied into the community as much as possible,” Tony said.
With 15 years of experience at Culver’s — eventually working his way up to area manager of three nearby locations — Cory brought management skills to the table. He and Tony split duties managing all aspects of the restaurant.
“Overall I think we’re trying to do a team effort on everything,” Cory said. “We want to be able to give each other days off, so that’s why we have to be able to do it all.”
So far, the brothers have hired about 40 employees. That number may increase, as demand so far has exceeded expectations.
“We ended up running a little low on food that first week so we ended up getting more inventory, but it’s a great problem to have,” Tony said.