For Charles and Donna MacDonald-Steele, renovating a 19th century home into The MacDonald House was a labor of love.
CRYSTAL FALLS—For Charles and Donna MacDonald-Steele, renovating a 19th century home into The MacDonald House was a labor of love.
“The first time we saw the house, we fell in love with it,” Charles MacDonald-Steele said. “We said to ourselves, ‘This is something we could do,’ and so began a two-year project.”
The house was originally built by pioneer Jerome B. Schwartz, who came to Crystal Falls in 1882 and built his home on Fifth Street in 1889 at a cost of $8,000.
“When we found the house, we felt that it needed to be saved,” MacDonald-Steele said. “It has definitely been worth it.”
They credit the Crystal Falls City Council with smoothing the way toward opening the business. “There were a lot of hoops we had to jump through, but they were just great to work with,” the restaurateurs said.
The Leelanau County natives transplanted to Channing nearly 29 ago and later relocated to Crystal Falls.
“This is where we have decided to make our home,” MacDonald-Steele said. “We have just fallen in love with the area.”
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with everything made fresh in-house. An outdoor wood smoker and stone lined pizza oven offer unique cuisine.
The MacDonald House will provide local delivery in the Crystal Falls area at the end of February and will offer a full menu to include steaks and chops in March. The MacDonald-Steeles also plan to exchange some of their fare with Leelanau County businesses in exchange for items not typically available in Iron County.
“We are going to be bringing some wonderful things in for our guests,” MacDonald-Steele said.
The restaurant features lunch and dinner, plus a full bar and outdoor deck for summertime dining.
The MacDonald House is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. It is closed Wednesdays. The MacDonald House is located at 117 S. Fifth St. in Crystal Falls. Reservations can be made by calling 875-3600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.