Jim and Jerry Chandler opened the first Sportsman's Grille
restaurant in 1985 with ten items on the menu. They wanted
to recreate a northern hunting lodge atmosphere with
fresh, hand-packed burgers, chili, catfish and cold beer.
The business and menu have since expanded with the purchase
of the Gerst Haus (German-American restaurant) in 1988,
opening of Sportsman's Grille in the Village in 1991
and opening of Sportsman's Lodge in 2000. Jim and Jerry's
wives, children and sons-in law are now involved in the
businesses, which also include Melrose Billiards (opened
in 1969) and three restaurants in Evansville, Indiana.
The family's passion for good food, comfortable atmosphere
and family gatherings inspire them to provide a great
all-around experience. The service is friendly and all
food is prepared with the freshest, natural ingredients
from family recipes.
facts of Sportsman's Lodge:
-- Logs used in the construction of Sportsman's Lodge
are Engleman Spruce from Northwest Montana. They grow at
higher elevations and are harvested from standing dead
timber that have been damaged from fire. The log walls
are 12" in diameter and are approximately 75 years
old. The timbers in the trusses are 15" in diameter
and are over 125 years old. The three main timbers in the
bar area are over 24" in diameter and are will over
200 years of age. The logs were hand peeled and handcrafted
to fit together to form this structure.
-- The building was designed to capture the spirit, style
and warmth of the Rocky Mountain National Park lodges built
in the early 1900's. There are four old lodges still standing
in Glacier National Park, Montana. The logs were designed
and each handcrafted to compliment the rustic style of
-- The two large, antique antler chandeliers in the main
dining room won the Blue Ribbon in the Lighting Exposition
at the 1890 St. Louis World's Fair. The remaining antler
chandeliers were designed and constructed in Grand Junction,
Colorado. All other lighting fixtures are reproductions
from the 1920's and are available through Custom Designs
of Nashville, Tennessee - (615)579-7112.
-- The furniture was constructed for Sportsman's Lodge
by Old Hickory Furniture Company -- the same company that
supplied the western lodges in the early 1900's. This furniture
can still be
found today in Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National
Park, Wyoming and in the lodges of Glacier National Park,
Montana, as well as some of the lodges in the Canadian
Rocky Mountain National Parks. Old Hickory furniture is
also available through Custom Designs.
-- The river rock used throughout the building came from
the mountain streams of East Tennessee.
-- The large painting over the main dining room fireplace
is a scene from Glacier National Park by artist John Fery,
commissioned by the Great Northern Railroad in 1905.
-- The fish carvings in the boxes were made by artist
and woodcarver Ralph Springfield of Michigan. He spends
as much as one hundred hours carving and hand-painting
each fish. He also handcrafts each box which contain antique
lures and memorabilia.
-- Selected photographs are from renowned artist John
Baeder's private collection. Other decorations and photographs
are from our travels throughout the Northwest United States
and Canadian Rocky Mountain regions.