Mickey Staeckeler & Beth Fitzgerald (owners)
I’ve started the In Good Company portion of the Dakota Uprising initiative because I think it’s important to highlight the creative and good souls of our area. I love putting the spotlight on other people, hearing their stories, and learning from their experiences. If you’d like to know about these souls too, read on my friends.
Sledhaus is one of those unique little gems of the Black Hills, quickly becoming legendary for their gourmet, monstrous burgers. If you’re looking for a place to grab a brew and a burger with a twist of German influence, find The Sledhaus on Main Street in Lead and see why the locals rave about these being the best burgers in the Black Hills.
Name: Michael Staeckeler Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Any nicknames? Mickey and Beth
Birthday: Mickey 12-16-1967. Beth 1-30-1984
Where are you from? New York
Where do you live now? Lead, South Dakota
Tell me about your business.
We are a restaurant located in the Black Hills of South Dakota featuring specialty craft beers and from-scratch gourmet grub created by NYC transplants.
Why do you have the best burgers in the Black Hills?
We give a half pound of 80/20 chop meat, and all of our toppings, including the meats and sauces, are made in house. We are never skimpy.
What do you love about the Lead/Deadwood area?
We love that all summer we can four wheel and hike out of our backyard and all winter we can snowmobile out of our driveway. Everyone is so friendly and eager to help you no matter what. For being transplants, we really feel like locals.
What is a typical day like for you?
Hectic! Lol! We open at 11am and around 11:05 we have people walking in. Around 3, we get a break to fill everything back up and then we are non-stop until around 8pm when we close.
What is one favorite thing you thoroughly enjoy about your job?
We carry over 40 craft beers so getting to try them all as well as learning about all of them and seeing people’s faces when we pour them a beer they didn’t expect to like. We also love watching people’s faces when their food comes because they don’t expect it to be so large.
Olivia Fitzgerald, waitress
List three random things you use/eat/drink/watch/read/listen/do on a daily basis.
Candy rim beers, Buddy Holly, Lifetime
Tell me one thing about you that (maybe) no one knows.
Mickey: I speak German better than English.
Beth: I’ve been playing the violin since 3rd grade.
Where is your favorite spot in the Black Hills region?
Probably our home. We live at the very top of a street in Lead and have amazing views of the rolling Black Hills and a little waterfall off of the Mickelson Trail.
What inspires you most about the Black Hills area?
The people. They are always calling or coming in and asking what our new burger of the month is or just telling us what a great job we did for their family they brought in. It really motivates us to keep going and know what we love doing is appreciated.
What’s one lesson you’ve learned about adventuring in the Black Hills?
Bring water because it gets hot out there in the summer!
What is one impression you wish you could change about the Black Hills?
People think of the Black Hills and think we moved to the middle of no where when in reality it’s not! How many people can say they LIVE in a National Forest?
How does living in the Black Hills impact your life (or creativity or business)?
Although it’s a meat and potatoes kind of area, there is a huge German influence so we love throwing some crazy German dish on the menu and letting it fly. People love it!
Tell me one thing about the Black Hills that (maybe) no one knows.
There are thousands of snowmobile trails out here.
Being Creative / Leaving a Legacy
Have you had any mentors along the way?
Mickey: I learned to cook from my mom so I would say her. She’s an amazing German cook.
Have you ever taken a big risk for yourself or your life or your business? Was it worth it?
Sebastian Staeckeler, kitchen prepper
Our whole 6 years of business. Mickey and I left New York, moved to Utah, lost TWO businesses due to lack of support, lived in hotels, packed up everything we could afford into the largest U-haul we could afford, and came to the Black Hills. We opened on Main Street in Lead with $10 in the bank, and we haven’t looked back.
Are you creatively satisfied?
Never. We always want to keep people guessing.
What could the Black Hills use more of?
Culture. We would love to see more museums.
What type of legacy do you hope to leave?
We want people to look back at their vacations and memories with visiting family or just a bad day they had and think of our food. We want it to bring people together. We want to be a part of those happy memories. Our motto is, “Socialize not social media” and that’s why.
Show the Sledhaus some love:
443 south Main Street lead SD 57754