• Posted May 11, 2015

Hotel Pattee and Flat Tire Lounge have partnered to bring you food service on the High Trestle Trail.

The Grand Opening of the Frontier Shack will be Friday, May 15th at the Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid.

About the Frontier Shack

The Hotel Pattee's Frontier Shack is a tribute to the original Frontier Shack, a dining car on the "City of Denver" train that ran from Chicago to Denver.

Train history is a large part of the Hotel Pattee. In David's Milwaukee Diner, the dining areas are inspired by a railroad depot restaurant.

The expansion of the bike trails in Iowa as a result of Rails-To-Trails, created a natural connection as Hotel Pattee expands its food service to the High Trestle Trail in order to connect the ideas of railroads , cycling and history.

Flat Tire Lounge
304 South Madison St.
Madrid, IA 50156 MAP

Feeding the Trail

The Flat Tire Lounge needed food. The Hotel Pattee had great food. "Two great tastes that taste great together."

In the 1970s and 1980s, a series of commercials were run for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups featuring situations in which two people, one eating peanut butter and one eating chocolate, collided. One person would exclaim, "You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!" and the other would exclaim, "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!". They would then sample the mixture and remark on the great taste, tying in with the slogan "Two great tastes that taste great together." This is how we envision The Frontier Shack will be!

The Frontier Shack will serve a variety of food choices including pizza, sandwiches, wings, nachos and sides. Breakfast food and deserts will also be on the menu.

Grab & Go light menu items will be available too.

Eat at the Shack, on the deck, inside Flat Tire Lounge, or pack it away and have a picnic on a bridge overlook.

The Frontier Shack will be open through Summer and most of the Fall.


  • Monday Lunch only:11 AM until 2 PM
  • Tuesday Lunch only:11 AM until 2 PM
  • Wednesday: Lunch11 Am until 2 PM/Dinner from4:30 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: Lunch11 Am until 2 PM/Dinner from4:30 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Friday:11 AM-2 PM Lunch.4:00 PM until 10 PM Dinner
  • Saturday8 AM until 10 PM(Breakfast served from8 AM to 11 AM/Regular menu from11 AM until 10:00 PM)
  • Sunday8 AM until 6:00 PM(Breakfast served from8 AM to 11 AM/Regular menu from11 AM until 6 PM)

About Hotel Pattee

Hotel Pattee is a destination Unto Itself.

The boutique hotel captures the culture and experiences of the local area into its 40 individually themed-rooms and the public spaces. More than 130 pieces of original art by more than 30 artists are on display, honoring noteworthy native sons and daughters of Iowa. Each of our guest rooms and suites is well accessorized for your comfort. Your experience will feature oversized beds, wireless internet access, spacious bathrooms, oversized bath towels and plush robes. Spa tubs and wood-burning fireplaces are available in selected rooms.

Under the recently new ownership of Jay and Denise Hartz, the hotel is a destination for bikers and travelers coming through Central Iowa for your overnight stay, food, drinks, and entertainment.

In 2014 the hotel received two awards - the Visitor's choice award for the "Hotel of the Year" as well as the "Outstanding Lodging Experience" from the State of Iowa’s Tourism Office/Iowa Economic Development Authority,

More about Hotel Pattee

About Flat Tire Lounge

The Flat Tire Lounge is only 3 miles from the High Trestle Trail and offers a great atmosphere to hang out with other cyclists and enjoy a cool refreshment (or two).

The Flat Tire Lounge was started by 10 local friends and opened June 2011. The building was originally an old feed store when the train tracks were in. The inside was remodeled featuring a unique bar counter top made with concrete and broken wine bottles polished down for a smooth finish. Their main attraction is there 800 square foot deck that is less than 12 feet from the High Trestle Trail. Over the last few years, we have made many friends and had plenty of great times!

More about the The Flat Tire Lounge

About the High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail is a former railbed that winds 25 miles through Ankeny, Sheldahl, Slater, Madrid, Woodward and withing the next couple of years, will connect with Bouton before connecting to Perry and the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

The High Trestle Bridge is an award-winning 13 story tall breathtaking bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward.

More about The High Trestle Trail

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