In 1932, Pete Maduras and Tony Papouchis moved Pete's Place where they had been serving the customers of River City from a little building on North Federal. T-bone steaks were $.25 and liquor was bootlegged out of the basement.

In 1954 they moved Pete's Place to its present location, 304 16th Street NW. Pete and Tony continued their partnership with Pete being waiter/businessman and Tony was the cook/gardener. They had a large garden with over 200 tomato plants, 50 green pepper plants and numerous other vegetables.

In 1965 Pete wanted to retire and sold the business to Tony. It was at that time the name changed to the Northwestern Steakhouse.

Tony ran the Northwestern Steakhouse planting his garden every year. He collected the fresh vegetables in the summer to use in the restaurant. All of his customers looked forward to Tony's fresh salatas. Tony had a special Greek menu on Sundays.

Today, operated by Tony's son and his wife, Bill and Ann Papouchis, it still has the same unique atmosphere and old wooden booths. The inside walls are adorned with black and white posters of Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and John Wayne, highlighted by warm yellow lights hanging from the ceiling. In the past, customers milled around the front door, waiting for up to two hours for a booth, growing anxious as the smell of Greek seasonings made their way to the front door from the kitchen in the back. Today an upstairs lounge has been opened for customer's comfort when waiting for a table so you can enjoy a drink and relax.

 

With a menu touting the finest beef in the Midwest and prepared Greek style with a top secret recipe in olive oil, you can choose from steaks Porterhouse, New York Cut, Rib Eye, Sirloin, and their famous Fillet. Whatever your preferred cut, each butter-knife, piping hot, tender bite of steak will melt in your mouth.

Meals are served with your choice of baked potatoes, fries, rice smothered in butter, olive oil and Greek seasonings, or spaghetti, made the same as the rice, but topped off with parmesan cheese, bread and salad. The Greek salads are served with feta cheese, black olives, and mild peppers with oil dressing and Greek seasonings.

If you are looking for a greater variety, there is Prime Rib (served on the weekends only), Lamb Chops and Greek Roasted Chicken that people have raved about, both served until gone. There is also Broiled Shrimp and Canadian Walleye for the seafood lovers. Don't leave the kids at home. The Northwestern also serves a kid's plate to include a hamburger platter. 

You can finish your mouth watering meal with a fine California red or white wine from their list of liquors or beer and enjoy a wonderful time with friends.

The Northwestern Steakhouse is a "come as you are" place. Originally opened as a restaurant to feed cement plant workers, you will still find men dining there after a long hard day of work. In the next booth,a.

 

 

 

 

 

young couple out on their first date. Across the aisle, the elderly couple that has been dining at the Northwestern for 30 years. The ultimate dining experience does not necessarily have to be a black tie affair.If you are looking for a greater variety, there is Prime Rib (served on the weekends only), Lamb Chops and Greek Roasted Chicken that people have raved about, both served until gone. There is also Broiled Shrimp and Canadian Walleye for the seafood lovers. Don't leave the kids at home. The Northwestern also serves a kid's plate to include a hamburger platter.

   Hours
Open from

 5:00 p.m- 10:00 p.m. 

Seven Days a Week
Closed on 

Christmas Day

 Easter Sunday

 July 4th 

and 

Thanksgiving Day.   
 

Testimonials

 

Lloyd & Nancy

Fairbanks Family

 

A long time family of customers enjoying a celebration at the Northwestern Steakhouse


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Henry Mataloni

 

Henry and his family has been coming to our restaurant since he was a young man.

 

~One of my favorite photos. Henry at 87. Thanks. Tom

 

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Mataloni family after Henry's life celebration

 

Ann

Awesome night....thanks for everything. Hope to see you soon. You and your team were outstanding.

Tom Mataloni