Our Story

Our Philosophy Made from scratch

Our guests enjoy food made from scratch. Sauces, smoked meats and pies all promise to be fresh and delicious.


  • Our waitress was very friendly and made great recommendations on what to try. Our food was PHENOMENAL! I also tried their caramel apple pecan pie and it was to die for and my husband loved the chocolate treats he got! Thanks so much for the great experience!

    Jill Felling Swanstrom
  • Best meal we had since we've been on the north shore. Excellent service! Got pie to go and it was fabulous! Would definitely go back.

    Amy Stang
  • Another great meal with you guys on our spring family vaca. Thank you for always being the best meal on the North Shore breakfast lunch or dinner.

    Kelly Jorgensen

Our HistoryThe Rustic Inn Cafe


Food, Gifts and Local History Too

Believe it or not there are parts of our building that date back to 1925. In recent years we have added a new kitchen and dining room. Our Gift Shop was originally a naturalist’ home!

The Rustic Inn Cafe is a second generation family owned business

We are committed to fresh ingredients, great family experiences and awesome pies. Whether you are stopping for breakfast, having lunch in between tourist spots or celebrating with a nice dinner and cocktails, we hope you make The Rustic Inn Café your destination.

The Rustic Inn was built in the mid -1920s by Emil Edison as part of one of the first cabin resorts on Lake Superior. With its hand milled, self supporting, cedar walls & birch floor, it is just as warm and welcoming now as it was almost 100 years ago.

Over the years it has been a favorite gathering place for family & friends both old and new. If only the walls could talk. Our Original Dining Room has hosted everything from Weddings, Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Graduations, Family Reunions, funerals, and even been turned into a dance hall a time or two.

In 1986 Jim & Beth Sullivan purchased The Rustic Inn and so the story begins..

Serving Skillets and Omelette’s for Breakfast, Fresh Lake Superior Fish, Tender Roast Beef with Homemade Mashed Potatoes & Gravy for Lunch; as well as Burgers and of course Fresh Lake Superior Fish and Homemade Pies the business grew rapidly.

A Gift Shop was added by acquiring the Naturalists home From Gooseberry Falls State Park. Soon after, we discovered that we had to move due to highway construction; So we picked up our buildings and moved them! 3 blocks to exact. At that time we added another dining room and additional retail space. time we went year round and added a snowmobile trail for our winter guests.

Our restaurant is truly a family affair with our children and our grandchildren often seen.

Recently, Jim has stepped out to let our son David take a more active role with Beth; and so a new chapter begins.

We are truly grateful and thankful for each and every one of our customers and friends. We would invite you to join us and would like to get to know you!

MeetOur Team

David Sullivan

Born into the restaurant business he quickly learned and understood what it takes to execute on a high level. He focuses on fresh local ingredients and has an ever burning desire for seafood and food.


Casey has spent the last 10 years working and training under David. We have never seen anyone who has sharpened their technical skills as sharp as Casey’s. He continues to grow and expand his culinary horizon everyday.


North Shore Overview

Stop in for lunch during your visit to the Two Harbors area

You might live in the area or be visiting on vacation or for an event – please plan to spend a meal or two with us and make sure to stay for some pie!

There is a lot to do in close proximity to The Rustic Inn Café – Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, Lake Superior Fishing, camping and hiking. Plan to spend the day and take in the beauty of the North Shore and the hospitality of the great folks of the area.