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The last time I was in Crystal Lake, I ate here. It was very good! This restaurant has been run by the Case family for many years but was started by the Kraker family over 100 years ago. I have also included some info on Case's Fireside Dining Room which was either a version of the Cherry Hut or a separate place altogether.
In 1922, the Kraker family opened the Cherry Hut as a roadside pie stand that sold fresh pie and other products made with cherries from the family orchard. “Cherry Jerry”, the Hut’s signature emblem, is the iconic smiling pie face that was carved into the crust of every pie during the opening season of the original Cherry Hut. In 1959, ownership of the business changed hands and it has since been run by the Case family. Now, Cherry Jerry’s grinning face can be spotted from a mile away, as he is immortalized in the form of a wooden sign hanging in front of the Cherry Hut building that houses business operations today.