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H.R. Pestys

H.R. Pestys, lovingly referred to by some as “St. Cloud’s Five Star Dive Bar” has been around since 1990. Doug Heinen, the original owner, was retiring from a long-standing career with Viking Coke but wasn’t quite ready to retire from his love for people, spirits, and having a good time – so, H.R. Pesty’s became his place.

Pesty’s has always been a family bar. “Doug’s son Sammy (also an owner) has always been the backbone here. He still works as part of our team, even after Sammy sold to Mason Appert five years ago. Mason has been a great new owner, allowing us to continue to run the business without change,” said Maria McStott, long-time server at Pesty’s.

They’re more than just a local watering hole with a full kitchen that boasts an expansive (and tasty) menu with weekly specials. “Keeping it simple is our motto; our soups are homemade and people come back week after week for our specials. Our kitchen is something to be desired.” Pesty’s also has dart boards and pull tabs on site. “Our non-profit pull tabs support many youth sports teams and school functions, local law enforcement, and the fire department. 

“Pesty’s has a ‘unique charm,’ if you want to call it that. Many of our staff have been here for 15, 20, or even 30+ years. Even our younger employees have been here for around five years already. We see patrons from all over the state whether they’re in town for a sports event, an appointment at the VA, or shopping. We’re glad to have so many repeat customers and local businesses who continue to support us. Our wonderful patrons and hardworking staff make Pesty’s who we are.”


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