Dotzy's Restaurant and Saloon
The Dotzy's Restaurant Story
Northeast Iowa native, Danielle Dotzenrod, moved back home after 13 years in LA to open Dotzy's Restaurant and Saloon in Elgin. "We knew we had to be a destination to make it. We just kept telling ourselves, build it and they will come!" says Dotzenrod. So with lots of help from family and friends, they built the entire restaurant out of repurposed materials and covered the whole floor in pennies.
Their hard work paid off and the people came! Dotzy's instantly became a dining destination and in 2016 was named Top 10 Most Unique Dining Experiences in Iowa and Top 6 Must See to Believe. But keeping a restaurant running strong for over 4 years, especially in a town of only 660 people, is no small feat! Danielle gives the credit to her dedicated and hardworking staff along with the support of loyal customers she considers part of the 'Dotzy's Family'.
There's a new member of the Dotzy's family Danielle is very excited about and that is Chef Michael Ellison. "My expertise has always been front of the house. So now with Chef Michael at the helm in the kitchen, the sky's the limit at Dotzy's!"