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Cactus Jack’s in Stewart helps community, Third World

Cactus Jack’s Bar and Grill

Address: 260 South Street, Stewart, Minn. 55385

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to midnight Monday to Sunday. Breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and evening specials are available 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night.

Most Well Known for: Free soft serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream available for anyone.

STEWART, Minn. — John Neisen’s Cactus Jack’s Bar and Grill in Stewart is all about lending a helping hand to the community and others across the world. Neisen and his co-workers order food at a discount price for funerals and community events. Cactus Jack’s also participates in Kids Against Hunger.

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"We get together the first Wednesday of every month and package food for orphans in Third World countries," said Neisen. "It’s an honor to help out like that. It provides an opportunity to help a lot of people out and we pride ourselves with that."

Neisen has been a restaurant/bar owner in Stewart for 20 years. The first 13 years he owned a bar in downtown Stewart and for the last seven, Cactus Jack’s.

"I don’t know how to do anything else," laughed Neisen. "I like being around the people of the Stewart community. They are all wonderful people and have been extremely supportive all these years."

When Neisen set up the bar at the new location, he wanted to center his food options around the working class; therefore, his menu contains a lot of meat and potatoes.

"We aren’t trying to be something we are not," said Neisen. "Some of our meals that we have like the garlic shrimp is hard to make at home, so people are drawn by that."

Neisen just added a one-half rack of barbecued ribs to the menu at $6.50. Their steaks are fresh, and they don’t freeze any meat.

The food isn’t the only thing that draws people. They also have a free banquet room where birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are held.

"It is great for families," said Neisen. "I have seen grandparents in here with their grandkids. There is a lot of room for the kids to run around while everyone is visiting."

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They also have a beach party in February where they fill the banquet hall floor with sand.

They also have Buck Euchre tournaments every Saturday and pool tournaments at 7:00 p.m. every Thursday.

— Melissa Mussman

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