Grumpy’s was started on or around Cinco de Mayo, 1978…
exact date unknown. We are lucky the people there that day can remember anything. It was the late 70s after all!
The original owners were Gary Good enough and Roger Eagan. Soon after the opening of Grumpy’s, Roger went and opened the only Grumpy’s ever connected to the original, in Mammoth, CA. Gary decided to stay in Idaho, and Roger went seeking his fortune in the southwest. There are many places named Grumpy’s in the United States. From Falmouth, MA, Hobe Sound, FL, Minneapolis, MN, St. Bonn., MN, Cincinnati, OH, but…
THE ONLY ORIGINAL GRUMPY’S IS IN KETCHUM, IDAHO !!
It started as a place the workingman and local could come, have a beer and burger and not be bothered; you see Grumpy’s has never had a phone. Today, Grumpy’s is the favorite of local and tourist alike. “We serve everyone from Tom Hanks to the Town Drunk,” a bartender was overheard saying.
We are a little hard to find, but not hard to find out about. Grumpy’s has been featured almost yearly in the big ski publications. We also hosted Rachel Ray for a lunch segment on “40 dollars a day in Sun Valley” in 2004. Grumpy’s was also mentioned in OUTSIDE Magazine “The Genius Issue” 2017.
Today Grumpy’s still won’t be too politically correct… because, come on, let’s get over ourselves, breathe and laugh at a good joke, even if it’s at our own expense. We will give you a hard time for ordering off the 1983 CHART HOUSE MENU…remember, we are Burgers & Beer, not Steak & Lobster.