If having a good time is on your bucket list, then Iron Horse Bar and Grill’s Chris Ursich is your ambassador to fun. In 30 seconds or less, he’ll whip up the bar’s famous (or is it infamous?) 48-ounce Derailer: three kinds of rum, two kinds of soda, orange and pineapple juice, sour mix and as many straws as you need to share with friends. Besides Derailers, this longtime Sherman Avenue bar serves up a few smaller “bucket” drinks like the 24-ounce Catalina.
The Iron Horse Bar & Grill first opened its doors on June 2, 1972. It first occupied the space which was previously the ‘Manor House’ restaurant. In the fifties you might remember ‘Powell’s Shoe Store’ and the ‘Mode Ode Day’ clothing store as the occupants of the present day restaurant dining room.
In the Fall of 1972 it purchased the nostalgic ‘Brunswick Café’ which was located two doors east of The Iron Horse. Then they leased the space that housed the ‘Pines Bakery & Coffee Shop’ located between the Brunswick and The Horse. Hence the beginning of the Club Car Lounge!
In its heyday, visitors from far and wide will recall the flamboyant Brunswick and the Teepee Room which featured carved wooden Indians, totem poles, and ‘Skook-um-chuck’. Bill Webster, owner of the Brunswick, said his great food made him famous. Now nearly six decades later several of his specialties like the ‘Big Chief ’, the ‘Haystack’, the ‘Awful Awful Burger’, and the Cheese Soup are still being served at the Iron Horse today. In 1976 the original Brunswick became our banquets and live music venue, but its legends and memories live on…