Fish Fry

 Customer Appreciation Fish Fry at Cook County Home Center in Grand Marais

By Steve Fernlund

The staff of the Cook County Home Center put on a fish fry over the lunch hour at the Cook County Home Center in Grand Marais on Thursday, June 16. They started frying filets of herring and whitefish for sandwiches at 11:00 and didn’t stop until the fish was gone before 12:30.

The fish was provided by North Superior Fishery LLC, a commercial fishing operation based in Grand Marais. According to Eric Brisson, one of the partners at North Superior, they donated 30 pounds of the fresh-caught bounty of Lake Superior they’d caught the morning to help make the event a success. “We appreciate this opportunity to show the community what we produce,” said Brisson.

“The customers of our lumberyard include some of the best building contractors on the North Shore,” said Nate Sheils, ownership partner of the Home Center. “Our Ace Hardware store and its online ordering option serve the whole community,” he added.

The “shore lunch” was laid out with fresh buns filled with fried fish. Anna Hamilton, customer service at the Home Center, made the tartar sauce and supervised the frying. The beverage was from a keg of 1919 root beer. Landon and Oscar helped prepare the plates while Dawn and Lucas assisted in the frying. It was a team effort of the Cook County Home Center staff.

“We all truly appreciate each of our customers,” Sheils said.