The famous “Gunder Burger” is back in eastern Iowa

A new restaurant has opened in Gunder and they’re serving an Iowa favorite!

At the end of 2021, a Facebook post by Allen Real Estate Company got a lot of attention from people in Fayette County and beyond. He revealed that the once popular restaurant The Irish Shanti in Gunder, Iowa, has been sold to new owners and they plan to reopen the restaurant in the spring. We didn’t really have any additional details back then, but now that spring is (almost) here, so is more information.

The Irish Shanti at 17455 Gunder Road in Elgin is now Gunder Roadhouse, a restaurant with a menu very similar to what the Irish Shanti served. I spoke with new owner Dave Farmer this morning, and he told me the famous Gunder Burger was back on the menu. The Iowa favorite consists of a one-pound, hand-pat burger made with fresh Iowa beef and topped with cheese, or any other burger toppings you prefer. They also have the Gunder Haystack, which is served on a bed of hash browns with mushrooms, onions, bacon and cheese, and the Gunder Philly Steak, which is served on hash browns with peppers, onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. Here is a preview of the new menu circulating on Facebook:

Gunder Roadhouse will officially open Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. and will serve food until 9 p.m. I will be closed on Tuesdays, but will also be open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant is open for both dine-in and take-out.

There is no official website or Facebook page for Gunder Roadhouse yet, but if you have any questions, please call the restaurant at (563) 864-2030. Dave says they have a local team ready to serve you!

I will definitely be doing a road trip to Gunder this summer! If you get a chance to try the new restaurant anytime soon, be sure to let us know how Gunder Burger is!

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