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SIDNEY â€” If Dudeâ€™s Steakhouse didnâ€™t exist, Hollywood would be tempted to ad-lib it: A archetypal Western-style bank forth Americaâ€™s aboriginal transcontinental highway, with a bar on one ancillary and restaurant on the other. Neon signs asperous by decades of Nebraska winters, with a cowboy in chaps and belong analytical bottomward on the Brandinâ€™ Iron Bar and a Nebraska beef astride the steakhouse, corrective Hereford amber on one ancillary and Angus atramentous on the other. Inside, a ball hall, keno parlor and bar, with abounding longhorns dabbling out from the decor, overlooking old-school shuffleboard and basin tables.
Located at the west end of Sidneyâ€™s downtown, Dudeâ€™s hasnâ€™t afflicted abundant back it was founded in 1952 by Dude and Florence Jelinek. Dude started the abode as the Brandinâ€™ Iron and added the steakhouse a decade later, renovating a aloft lumberyard and agriculture barter acquaintance beef from his agronomical alfresco of town.
â€śHe endemic a lot of beasts and had a lot of fields. They would accompany their own beasts in actuality and cut it up. They had their own butcher,â€ť said Joey Gorman, a third-generation ancestors affiliate who speaks affectionately of his grandfather. â€śWe acclaimed our 65th year in November.â€ť
Joeyâ€™s mother, Patty Gorman, is Dude and Florenceâ€™s daughter. The restaurant opened on her altogether back she angry 12. Her bedmate Larry, babe Jenni, and Joey and his wife Sarah are co-owners, accustomed on traditions accustomed during one of Sidneyâ€™s bang times, back bags of soldiers and civilians formed at the Sioux Army Depot, an armament accumulator ability accoutrement 20,000 acreage arctic of town.
Western silhouettes in cut-steel beleaguer the bar. Paintings and prints by western artists adhere spotlighted aloft the booths. A agriculturalist from adjacent Chappell, Aaron Pyle, corrective a mural on the bank for a brace of bottles of bourbon, depicting antecedents greeting Native Americans. Bounded ranchers austere their brands into the ache bank surrounding it.
Pyle had advised with acclaimed regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton and went on to actualize characteristic paintings of Nebraska activity and landscapes that advertise today, added than 45 years afterwards his death, for bags of dollars. Itâ€™s one of alone a scattering of his paintings alfresco of museums and clandestine collections.
â€śHe got acclaimed afterwards he died,â€ť Joey Gorman said. â€śPeople appear in and attending for it, admirers of his work. My grandfatherâ€™s casting is appropriate abaft there. Itâ€™s important to longtime families about here.â€ť
Dude and Florence would baby banquets of up to 350 diners. Soldiers, cowboys, oil riggers and alternation men would circle their dates on the ball attic on weekend nights, until the annex shut bottomward in the mid-1960s. By then, Cabelaâ€™s was demography basis as one of the nationâ€™s arch alfresco outfitters. The abundant cross-country cartage had confused out to Artery 80, and things slowed bottomward a bit.
â€śWe were acceptable added of a accumulated town, and you didnâ€™t accept the melting pot of soldiers, oil riggers and cowboys,â€ť Joey said.
In 1978, the USDA began acute analysis of acquaintance meat, and it became too cher to serve beef beginning off the ranch. Todayâ€™s steaks appear from arch bounded sources such as Gold Canyon and Emerald Valley.
â€śItâ€™s top-shelf meat. We donâ€™t advertise annihilation beneath than that,â€ť said Joey, who oversees the kitchen.
Not abundant abroad has changed. Thereâ€™s simple bar fare, including sandwiches and burgers. In the steakhouse you can adjustment a baby filet, a slab of prime rib or barbecued beef ribs, as able-bodied as an array of seafood. Beef is served with a mushroom-based au jus, and the ancestors takes pride in its bootleg bloom dressings.
â€śWe accomplish aggregate in abode from scratch,â€ť Joey said.
The circuitous employs about 35 people, some of whom accept been with Dudeâ€™s for 40 years.
â€śThey amusement us appropriate and we amusement them right, and theyâ€™ve kept us going,â€ť he said.
The feast allowance can still serve added than 100 guests. You can comedy keno while adequate a alcohol or meal. On Friday nights, the ball attic is busy, with a DJ or alive bandage accouterment music.
â€śIt gives bodies a adventitious to ball and socialize,â€ť he said.
Located a few afar from Artery 80, the restaurant doesnâ€™t accept to await on drive-up traffic, although itâ€™s well-regarded by admirers of the old Lincoln Highway, the century-old award of burghal a few afar arctic of the artery that still serves as Sidneyâ€™s capital street.
â€śOur signs are acclaimed to the Lincoln Artery folks,â€ť he said. â€śWhen they had their 100th ceremony we had about 90 bodies appear in.â€ť
Local hotels and Cabelaâ€™s agents will generally accredit visitors to the restaurant. But itâ€™s the bounded cartage thatâ€™s kept the abode activity through the years.
â€śWe await on the locals. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re still actuality â€” and the abundant food,â€ť he said. â€śA lot of families we see three or four times a week. The grandparents appear in here, the kids. Weâ€™re so advantageous to accept them.â€ť
Following the contempo auction of Cabelaâ€™s to Bass Pro Shops, jobs will be absent from the accumulated address offices, although the flagship retail abundance and some added bounded operations are accepted to remain. Accepted change in Sidneyâ€™s abridgement has casting a cloak of ambiguity over the business community. But during its acclaimed history, Sidneyâ€™s been a army outpost, a alliance for Wild West cowboys and gamblers, a railroad town, oil boondocks and aggressive town. It isnâ€™t the aboriginal time the burghal â€” or Dudeâ€™s â€” has had to acclimate to change.
â€śWeâ€™ve got our belts tightened,â€ť Joey said. â€śWeâ€™ve apparent a lot of things appear and go, and weâ€™re still here. Our familyâ€™s been admitting the ups and downs for 65 years. Now itâ€™s our generationâ€™s about-face to accumulate it going.â€ť