Published on April 24th, 2015 | by AberdeenMagazine
Aberdeen’s Prime Steakhouse; Mavericks Steak & Cocktails
Humble beginnings and crowning achievements define Mavericks
When you think of ribeye in Aberdeen, the first place that usually comes to mind is this Aberdeen original steakhouse. Founded in 1999 by Kraig and Danelle Schlaht, Mavericks Steak & Cocktails has proven that it is not only a leader in the local restaurant industry, but that its heartland cuisine is in great enough demand to warrant expansion across the state.
Debuting at a humble location on Sixth Avenue, Mavericks originally offered a very select two-page menu for no more than 125 guests at a time. It didn’t take long for the restaurant to outgrow its modest beginnings and relocate to a new facility across from the Lakewood Mall.
“We’ve really grown over the years,” says restaurateur, President Kraig Schlaht. “Today, we offer event food and beverage catering at the Dakota Event Center, we have a private party room, four dining areas, including the four-season patio, and a 10-page menu for more than 325 guests at a time.”
Growing up in rural Millette, Schlaht had followed in the family farming business, until one day, he felt something was missing.
“I realized that with all the great restaurants in Aberdeen, we were missing a good steakhouse,” Schlaht explained. “I wanted to start a restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere where people of all ages could love us just the same. And today, we have that. Young kids and 90-year olds alike love coming to Mavericks.”
With the wide variety of homemade cuisine – aged, hand-cut Angus beef, soups, salads, dressings, sauces, and even the mashed potatoes – there is delicious home cooking for every member of the family.
The sense of family atmosphere doesn’t stop with the guests. It extends to the staff as well, which was one of Schlaht’s goals.
“This is a family-run atmosphere of business,” Schlaht stated. “We still have a lot of the original staff working here, and I’ve watched them grow up over the years, and now they’re managers. We have a close camaraderie, because having a family culture here for everyone is very important to what Mavericks is as a restaurant and employer.”
That’s why your personal dining satisfaction is guaranteed when you dine at Mavericks. According to Schlaht, if you’re unhappy for any reason, they will fix it.
“Whether it’s fantastic service or the awesome food, we guarantee your happiness,” he said.
Perhaps it’s this attitude that has afforded Mavericks the success it needed to expand to a second location in Deadwood, which offers the same great menu as the Aberdeen locale.
So whether you’re dining here or in the Black Hills, if you’re looking for a crowning achievement of a steak or baby back ribs that fall off the bone, or anything at all on their menu, at Mavericks, you will never be disappointed. They guarantee it. //