History of Fifty Grand
Located in the lovely Sierra Foothills, close to the Apple Hill area and wine country, and just one hour East of Sacramento off Highway 50 is a family owned steakhouse that has served El Dorado County residents since 1965. It is a great American story of a hard working young man who took a dream and made it sing.
It started with Gene Drury who turned a job at the local butcher shop into a grocery store and ultimately made a landmark restaurant. It wasn't just the 16 hour work day that made this steakhouse a local hot spot. Gene and his wife Carleen had a simple way of bringing food, kindness, and the community together.
In 1982, there was a fire at the original Fifty Grand Steakhouse, destroying the restaurant and leaving Gene and Carleen in a difficult situation. Their daughter Candy was smart, knew the business and learned to trust her instincts as her father had, and with the support of her husband Larry and her parents, Fifty Grand reopened at a temporary location while the new restaurant was being rebuilt. Candy and Larry plowed forward to reopen and have been open for business 7 days a week for the last 30 years!
Keeping up with the family tradition, their son Doug can be found cooking behind the pit. Fifty Grand Steakhouse continues the family tradition of serving guests with great service and great food.