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Iron Horse To Turn 40 Saturday

Some run out of steam in four months. So when the Robb family celebrates the Iron Horse Bar and Grill’s 40th anniversary on June 2, they have a deep understanding of — and even deeper appreciation for — what it’s taken to get this far. “It wasn’t brains so much as absolute luck,” says owner Tom Robb, now 71. While there has certainly been a kind twist or two of fate over those four decades, Robb is practicing humility. As a former business instructor at North Idaho College and as a manager, he knew very well how to launch a successful enterprise. It starts with people, and it ends with people. The story of the Iron Horse officially began when Tom had lunch with Phil Graue and bandied about Tom’s idea of “this Fourth and Sherman thing.” Next up was Barb Renner, who was brought into the circle that became Iron Horse’s original three owners/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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