Restaurants tend to come and go, as sometimes fickle customers tastes ebb and flow in what can a very competitive industry.
Sometimes an eatery makes a long-lasting impression with memorable cuisine, inviting atmosphere and great friendly service.
Here are 10 long-gone Rapid City and Black Hills area restaurants, drive-ins, cafes and shops we wish were still in business.
The Sluice on Heritage Drive in Spearfish – THE place for a sit-down dinner in the Northern Hills in the 80s until cheaper fare in the gambling town of Deadwood led to its ultimate demise, The Sluice was known for its architecture, atmosphere and 25-page menu, featuring orange duck among many savory favorites.
Good Eater Cafe
Good Eater Café on East North Street in Rapid City – The tiny nine-stool eatery was a popular home of the Magic Gravy, a cream-style sauce made from scratch by proprietor Muriel Luxem and served over toast, hash browns, pancakes. The recipe, if there actually was one, died with Luxem when she passed in 2012. The Good Eater served up good eats through 1996.
Mister Donut on West Main Street in Rapid City – A sure stop near Baken Park for many years for everyone craving a variety of doughnuts and a hot cup of coffee.
Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips
Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips on Mountain View Road in Rapid City – Authentic, although Americanized Fish & Chips were the main attraction at Arthur Treacher’s located where a KFC restaurant now sits on Mountain View Road in west Rapid City.
Daisy Dell Drive Inn and Restaurant in Rapid City – Famous for its pies and deep-fried turkey steaks, the Daisy Dell was a popular west side landmark in the 60s and 70s.
Harold's Prime Rib
Harold’s Prime Rib and Steakhouse on East Boulevard in Rapid City – Many local and out-of-town faithful said Harold’s boasted the best prime rib and steak in western South Dakota. Harold’s closed in 2003.
Jerry's House of Pizza
Jerry’s House of Pizza on St. Joseph Street in Rapid City – Jerry’s, now the site of Curry Masala, was a downtown legend and great place to get a late-night pizza. Hungry sidewalk shoppers could watch through a window as the chef hand-tossed pizza dough in the up-front kitchen.
Casa Del Rey
Casa Del Rey on Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City – Rapid City’s first Mexican style restaurant had a long run by Rapid City restaurant standards, 32 years, from 1974 to 2006. A Walgreens Drug Store now occupies the site at the corner of St. Patrick Street and Mount Rushmore Road.
Copper Creek on West Main Street. – Upscale west side dining until rebranding at a sports bar. Now the location of Shooter’s.
Shakey’s Pizza & Buffet Restaurant on Indiana Street in Rapid City – Great pizza and atmosphere, but an off-the-beaten-path location and competition from other national pizza franchises finally did in Shakey’s, then known as Buster’s, in 2001.