The story of Kelsey's begins in 1987. We opened the doors of the first Kelsey's Steak House in October of that year in Portage, Indiana. It was located across the street from Portage High School. In 1995, During the construction of our current Portage Kelsey's, the original burned down. Our new restaurant has been completely remodeled and now features outdoor dining and a convenient To-Go room. You can find Portage Kelsey's on the corner of Swanson Road and Route 6.
The second Kelsey's was opened a year later in Valparaiso, Indiana on the northwest corner of Sturdy Road and Laporte Avenue. We quickly outgrew that locationa and in 1991 moved to our second location on Sturdy Road and US 30. The building was originally home to Barboul's Steak & Chicken. To get to Barboul's one had to travel down a dirt road named US Highway 30. A steak and chicken dinner could be purchased for 55 cents. After Barboul's , the building housed a Greyhound Bus Station. A few of you may remember the next tenant, Marie's Restaurant. Many more of you will remember the last tenant before Kelsey's, the Orange Bowl. In 1994 our famous mascot, Howie the Cow, grazed over from Howard & Sons Meats to his current pasture here at Kelsey's Steak House. Finally our current location was opened Nov. 2, 2005. It was formerly Denny's Restaurant. As of 2011 Jack and Peggy Hood purchased Kelsey's Steakhouse. Our intention is to keep everything the same. (If it is not broken don't fix it!)
We are local residents and have been in the restaurant business for most of our lives, we know what we want to give our customers; great food, good prices, excellent service and a clean restaurant. Our great food begins with USDA choice steaks. They are hand-cut and NEVER marinated, tenderized or frozen. We cook them to your liking on an open flame charcoal grill. Why don't you watch our cooks in action from the lobbies of either of our restaurants? Our great food continues with the daily preparation of all our soups, special dressings, sauces, potatoes and seasonings... homemade is the key word on our menu. Feel free to ask our staff any questions you have about our menu or our restaurants. They have been will trained to serve you.
The combination of all of these things has made Kelsey's Steak House the steakhouse in Northwest Indiana. We have often been imitated, but never duplicated. Our success is based on you, the customer. If you ever feel you have not received the above, we want to know. Feel free to introduce yourself to one of the managers who visit the tables nightly. Here at Kelsey's we want to know you, our loyal customer, and we want you to be comfortable with us as well.
We thank you for choosing Kelsey's and look forward to serving your again soon!
Jack and Peggy Hood
P.S. Now who's ready for the 6- pound challenge?