Looking for historic Duluth architecture, a night out singing along at a concert, delicious wood fire pizza, local brews, or a tasteful event venue? Clyde Iron Works offers all of these options and more! Clyde Iron Works is a restaurant, bar, and event center conveniently located two blocks off I-35 adjacent to the Duluth Heritage Sports Center and across the parking lot from the Duluth Children's Museum. Expanding on their location, General Manager Matt Lepak states, “The whole Clyde Park project was a catalyst to the entrepreneurial investment in Lincoln Park. It is rewarding to see confidence in the neighborhood community growth and steadily become a thriving business and retail destination again.”
Clyde Iron Works dates back to 1889 and was a prominent manufacturer of hoists, cranes, and other heavy machinery. During WWI and WWII they created massive machinery that aided in the war. Over the years crew numbers dwindled, foreign competition emerged, and in 1986 the company left Duluth. In 2010, under the ownership of Duluthian Alessandro Giuliani, they reopened as a restaurant, bar, and event center having Clyde history part of the guest experience. Walking in the building, natural light spews though dozens of windows which highlights the brick walls and steel beams. The transformation from an industrial factory to now an event venue is amazing.
Clyde, being very kid friendly, has open spaces for kids to play games like bean bags of chess. Families can learn about the building’s history from vintage images and catalog ads on display throughout the restaurant. There are two 1940’s hoists and a 15-ton crane visible when you walk through the front doors. Two other buildings that were part of the Clyde Park footprint have been restored for useage today too! These include the Goldberg branch of the Duluth Boys and Girls Club along with the Duluth Children’s Museum. Matt Lepak also says, “Clyde’s revitalization efforts have been internationally recognized and awarded for its environmental, economic, and social impact of the Lincoln Park community as a whole.” You must check out these beautifully restored, historic buildings.
The importance of keeping brews local is seen at Clyde. On tap guests can expect beers from Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Neighborhood breweries like Lake Superior Brewing Company, Bent Paddle Brewing, Hoops Brewing and Castle Danger Brewing are all showcased on tap. Beer goes perfect with a burger, and their most popular is the mouthwatering bacon and smoked cheddar steak burger. Other fan favorites include the 14-spice porketta sandwich and guests have mentioned their Rueben is the best in Minnesota. From their array of sandwiches to handmade pasta to wood fire pizza, everyone in your family will find something tasty to try.
In addition to food, Clyde hosts many concerts of all sorts. Artists and bands like Brandi Carlisle, Trampled by Turtles, Bret Michaels, Hairball, 38 Special and many others have performed there. Within the community, Clyde hosts artists for Homegrown Music Festival and other local bands. Clyde Iron Works will undeniably change your music, dining, and event experiences!