On Saturday June 18, Steve was savagely mauled by three pit bulls, and they killed our little dog. Steve was talking him for his bedtime walk on the leash, on our road.
Steve was bitten all over his body and has deep puncture wounds, and the end of a finger on his right hand was bitten off. He has a lot of torn skin and stitches. He will see an orthopedic surgeon about his hand. He has a long, difficult, painful road ahead of him.
Our restaurant and farmers market will be closed until further notice.
Welcome to Steve and Missy Gensons’ Mason Dixon Line Restaurant! Everything has been made from scratch by our family since our first day, June 12, 2001.
For those who remember the old days–our girls are all grown and gone. They’ve all graduated from college and are busy with their own careers now. So at the restaurant, it’s just Steve and Missy these days. (Everybody’s hand print from 2001 is still in concrete, on the back patio.)
As always, we have no hired help in the dining room or kitchen. We never will.
We’re open six days a week, from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. We’re closed Tuesdays.
Our phone is 360-273-MDLR (6357). Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Urgent calls – 360-556-7174 or 360-556-7759.
We take all major credit cards.
We’re at 9900 Highway 12 SW in Rochester–four and a half miles west of I-5 Exit 88. Click here for a map and directions.
If we’re not in the dining room when you get here, it means we’re busy in the kitchen. Just make yourself at home–take a menu and seat yourself. You can duck your head in the kitchen and let us know you’re here, if you want.
Because we’re small and we make everything from scratch in small batches, we periodically run out of things. If it’s important that you have a specific menu item or need something special, please call or email ahead and give us a week’s notice, and make sure you connect with us.
Please call ahead for groups of four or more. We only have ten seats, and only two of our tables can seat four people. One table can fit six people, and that includes high chairs.
We are unable to seat groups larger than six.
If we are busy, please let us know if you have any time constraints (concert tickets, babysitter, airport, etc.) We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule, and we will also tell you if we can’t serve you in time. We will also recommend dishes that take less time, if it’s on the cusp.
Mason Dixon Line Restaurant History –
Along with our homeschooled children, we designed this restaurant in the summer of 2000 as a cozy hideaway. The foundation was poured in October 2000, and the restaurant was built over the winter and spring.
We opened for business on June 12, 2001. Since then, we have been house smoking and scratch cooking everything – Steve’s hand cut and smoked meats and his custom spice blends, and Missy’s homemade sides, breads, desserts, dressings, sauces….everything is homemade by us.
It’s just the two of us, and we do everything from developing our own recipes, to doing our own shopping, to cooking, to greeting you and waiting on you and clearing tables, to washing dishing and maintaining the building and the yard.
Thornfield Acres – our Certified Organic Farm
We also own and operate our nearby Certified Organic fruit and vegetable farm, “Thornfield Acres.” Besides growing our fresh farm produce, we make our own line of sauces, rubs, vinegars, dressings, jams and pickled products, in our dual-purpose restaurant kitchen and WSDA processing plant.
Many of these items are available for purchase in our restaurant dining room. Just like with the restaurant, we have no employees on our farm, either.
Mason Dixon Line Handmade Chocolates
We also make handmade chocolates and candies. We sell these treats in our restaurant dining room. We are working on a website where they will also be available online, as well.
Rochester-Grand Mound Farmers Market
We host our community’s little farmers market in our restaurant’s side yard, from June through September.
It’s on Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm, starting June 3rd. Come on by!