Sweet Grass is located in a 100 year old historic building which has been restored in all its glory with a few modern designs added in. At its best, the atmosphere has a true old world charm, from the original tin ceilings, brick wall and lead glass in the front to the made from scratch food that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Established in 2012, Sweet Grass was started with the idea of having something that was not being offered to the community of Wessington Springs, South Dakota: An upscale atmosphere with high quality made from scratch cooking.
With time, hard work and a dedication to high quality service, food and beverages, Heather Larson and her employees have made Sweet Grass one sweet addition to the Wessington Springs area.
History over the years
Originally, the building was built by the Odd Fellows in 1918. The initial intent of the building was to house and host the Odd Fellows and Rebeccas on the second floor. It also served as a community room and dance hall with apartments in the front on the second floor.
The first floor housed the Overland Car Company where there was even a drop down ramp into the basement so the cars could be driven up to the show room.
Years later, there were other car dealerships, such as the Studebaker dealership and a car dealership owned by Andrew Flum.
Over the years many things have come and gone on the main floor, including the Farm Service Agency, Farm Bureau and even a previous coffee shop. The second flood for many years was home of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star until they build a new building. Now there is a two bedroom (up to four twin beds in each room) bed and breakfast type lodging, with a kitchen, living room, dining room and two full bathrooms which are available to rent out.
There is a second large room in which other options are being considered, such as potentially going back to having a banquet and dance hall. In the 40’s the basement was used by the American Legion for Duck Pin bowling and a bar was located down there too.
According to Heather Larson, who along with Linda Burg purchased the building in 2012, the main floor that currently houses Sweet Grass, was a sight for sore eyes. "But we had a vision and transformed into a space that almost leaves you breathless the first time you walk in," says Heather. "The thought that goes through your mind is, 'I can’t believe I am in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.'”
Meet the Owner
Heather is a perfectionist when is comes to cooking and cake decorating. Attention to detail and a keen sense of taste has helped perfect the recipes that are prepared.
Expect nothing but the best because Heather's philosphy is this:
If it doesn’t amaze her it doesn’t make the cut in the food being served!