A Note from Trudy—Don and I have been in the restaurant business together since we were married in 1999. I am really the crazy restaurateur, with Don primarily working behind the scenes supporting my dreams and doing much of the labor intensive work to make the restaurant better. If it’s big or heavy, he probably got it where it needed to be. He also helps with the lifting of my spirits to keep me energized for running a large modern restaurant. For some reason I have had the restaurant business in my blood since I was 16 years old. My first job was at an A & W in Decorah, Iowa. From there I went to work for Jean and Roger Kolbert at Kolby’s Restaurant in New Hampton, Iowa. In 1996 I became the owner of Kolby’s and have worked to continue the tradition of great food, great service and great prices. In 2008 I took over ownership of the restaurant service at The Barn in Prairie du Chien. Our daughter Amy stepped in to help manage Kolby’s and has continued with us since then. Early in 2011, Don and I were encouraged to check out this great building in the wonderful town of Manchester. After meeting some of the Manchester business leaders and touring the building and the town, we decided that Manchester was the place for us. We then began the months of arduous work needed to get the doors open.Our community’s welcome and patronage have been a great blessing to us, and we now feel that Manchester is home. Don and I want to thank you for visiting our website and look forward to serving you when you come to The Fireside Pub & Steakhouse.