The Flagstaff House was originally built as a summer cabin in 1929 by Chicago schoolteacher Hattie Bilchert. In 1937, park ranger Joe van Gorder bought the cabin as a place to host special events. Later in 1954, the Buelkes family purchased the property, coined it “The Flagstaff House,” and re-established it as an elegant summer restaurant. When The Flagstaff House next became available for purchase, Don Monette jumped at the opportunity. He had always wanted to own just one restaurant that was truly “fine-dining” and to be able to concentrate on making it an incredible experience for our guests.
Don bought The Flagstaff House and the surrounding five acres on November 1st, 1971. The Monette family greatly expanded the property, weatherized it to be open year-round, and added several outdoor terraces which allow diners to enjoy the changing seasons atop Flagstaff Mountain. We continue to look for new ways to bring exciting tastes to our menu while constantly upgrading our facilities to offer the most forward-thinking concepts with regards to service, care, and culinary selections that match our guests’ desires.
To this day there are three generations of the Monette family gracing The Flagstaff House.