Darrell Eckblad became the owner of the Henderson RoadHaus Pub and Eatery in October 2021. While his tenure as owner has been less than a year, he said the opportunity and dream of owning a restaurant date back to his younger days.
The RoadHaus is located on Main Street in scenic Henderson. It’s an institution in the community, and Eckblad knows the impact this particular eatery has on the small town of around 900 people.
“That restaurant has been in Henderson for a lot of years. It is a vital part of the little town,” Eckblad said.
With the motto “Come for the Food, Stay for the Entertainment,” the RoadHaus has been a staple for the community, offering a restaurant, bar and grill with a pub-style atmosphere. It’s open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“We try to have that hometown cooking,” Eckblad said
One thing that makes the RoadHaus stand out is its unique menu. Eckblad said people love the tuna Gouda melt, the flaming house burger and their signature commercials.
“Being in an agricultural area, we know people love any kind of commercial, beef, turkey, you name it,” Eckblad said.
The RoadHaus employs between 35 and 40 part- and full-time staff. While the pandemic certainly impacted business, Eckblad said the cold spring weather also hurt sales.
“We are in such a small community. Normally we get motorcycles and tourists coming down the scenic byways and just stopping in. But we’ve only had a few sunny days,” Eckblad said. “And now I’d say gas prices are affecting tourism and the number of people who stop by. Our business thrives when people get out in their cars and on their bikes and just cruise on in.”
Even when the sun isn’t shining, Eckblad lures customers in with daily specials and extended hours that keep them coming back for more. With its hometown vibe, rich tradition and signature recipes, the RoadHaus has cooked up the perfect combination to keep thriving, no matter what Mother Nature throws its way.
Henderson RoadHaus Pub and Eatery
514 Main St.
Henderson, MN 56044
Phone: (507) 248-3691
Photo by Jonathan Smith