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CornerStone Pub and Grille Expanding Services

June 27, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

A locally-owned business is taking a step to expand its' offerings beginning July 1. Shannon and Renee Iverson, owners of the CornerStone Pub and Grille/Back 40 Bar and Patio are celebrating their ninth year in business at the corner of Main and Broadway in Emmetsburg on July 1, and are embarking on a new venture to coincide with that anniversary.

"Each year we've been in business, we've grown and made changes to improve and enhance our business," noted Shannon Iverson. "This year, is no exception, because on July 1, we're are very excited to branch out and begin offering catering services through the CornerStone."

According to Iverson, through their nine years in business, there have often been inquiries as to the possibility of the CornerStone providing catering service for events and gatherings.

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CORNERSTONE?CATERING - Shannon Iverson, left, and Jade Hawks, right, are excited about the upcoming official start of operations for CornerStone Catering by Jade, which will begin July 1. The catering service will base out of the CornerStone Bar and Grille, which Iverson and his wife Renee have operated for nine years at the intersection of Main and Broadway in Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo

"I've given it a try here and there for some small events over the years, like for wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, staff parties for the banks, casino, and even some small weddings," Shannon said. "We've had good luck with it, but just really had never considered making it a regular part of our day-to-day business. We are a small, family-owned business with a limited staff and we just didn't want to get in over our heads."

For that reason, the idea of catering was left to simmer, so to speak, on the back burner for Shannon and Renee.

But late this Spring, the heat got turned up under the simmering idea.

"After being asked to cater a couple of small events again this summer, we started reconsidering the idea," Shannon admitted. "We had the products, we had the means to prepare it, we've had decent success with the limited opportunities we've had in the past, so we decided 'why not give it a try?"

Thus, CornerStone Catering has come to life.

But as mentioned earlier, with a small family-operated business, staffing was limited. To make the catering operation work, the Iversons reached out to an Emmetsburg native who worked with their family for a time. Jade Hawks worked as a bartender and server for two years at the Cornerstone. Additionally, Hawks had worked with Erika Thompson at Edgewater BBQ in Emmetsburg for a couple of years as well, becoming familiar with the food service industry as well.

"Jade is a hard-worker and isn't afraid to jump in and try new things," Shannon noted. "Even when she moved to Mason City for a few months, she continued to fill in for us when she was available. She's young, motivated and ready to settle in Emmetsburg. So, with all this in mind, Renee and I approached Jade to see if she would be interested in being part of this new branch of our business, and she agreed."

"I was surprised and excited about the opportunity to be a part of building the CornerStone Catering business when Shannon and Renee talked with me," Hawks admitted. "This is an opportunity I wouldn't have been able to take on without having worked for Erika Thompson, because she taught me a lot about the business."

Now, the next step is to get the basic organization up and running.

"Our next few weeks will be busy with getting flyers out, business cards, setting up a basic catering menu and getting it out before the public," Jade noted.

"Please don't hesitate to give us a call if we've missed you and you are interested in hearing more about what CornerStone catering can provide or setting up a catered event," added Shannon. "You can reach us a 712-298-4927. We will gladly work with you to meet your catering needs to the best of our ability. We are more than willing to branch out and try new things."

CornerStone Catering by Jade can handle business catering for staff events, industrial catering for company meetings, training events or company gatherings and private events. In addition, the Back 40 Bar and Patio at the Cornerstone Pub and Grille is also available for rental for gatherings, complete with CornerStone Catering services for groups of up to 25. Current menu items from the Cornerstone Pub menu will be available along with new offerings.

"My motto has always been that I'll try anything once," Shannon laughed. "Please consider us for your next event, big or small. We'd love to show you what we have to offer. We're looking forward to serving you soon!"



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