Hill City’s Alpine Inn receives Restaurant of the Year award
PIERRE, S.D. — The Alpine Inn, an iconic Black Hills restaurant, received the annual Restaurant of the Year award this week in Pierre.
This award recognizes a restaurant that has earned a reputation for excellence with its food, service, and atmosphere. The award is given at the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) annual banquet.
The Alpine Inn is a must-visit destination for many travelers — housed in an elegant historic building on Hill City’s Main Street.
Established by Waldraut Matush in 1984, her daughter Monika took over in 1996.
The Alpine Inn is a gathering place for local residents and features German specialty dishes. Their selective menu has allowed them to perfect their hearty meals and delicious desserts.
“The Alpine Inn had a modest start, but has gained an international fan base thanks to its old-world charm and unique menu,” said SDRA executive Director Nathan Sanderson. “We’re pleased to honor this landmark of Hill City.”
Monika Matush says it is rewarding to see customers return year after year. “They came as children and now they come as adults,” said Matush. “They truly love the Alpine for its atmosphere and its homey personality.”
The family atmosphere in the restaurant also extends to their employees, says Monika Matush.
“A lot of the women that work here I grew up with and we went to school together. So it’s kind of like family and they act and treat this business like it’s their own.”