About Lou's

Lou Sjoberg was born in Fredric, WI in 1925. He moved to Duluth with his parents where he attended high school at Denfeld High School, and college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


Lou was a man of many professions, ranging from being a professional wrestler to a pipe-fitting welder. 

Lou loved smoking fish, so he decided to open up a shop.


He initially opened "Duluth Fresh Fish" located on London Rd. in Duluth, MN. He then moved to Knife River, MN. and opened "Lou's Fish & Cheese House."


He married JoAnn Sjoberg, and together moved to Two Harbors, MN. They opened Lou's Fish 'n' Cheese House in 1985.  Their original location was located on the corner of Hwy 61 and 7th Ave in Two Harbors.


In 1995 they moved to the current location at 1319 Highway 61 on Lake Superior's beautiful Burlington Bay. 


Sadly, Lou passed away in August of 2003.


A new owner stepped in and ran the operation from 2006 until 2014.


Ashleigh Swanson, now owner and general manager of Lou's, decided it was time to bring back the North Shore tradition of World Famous Lou's Fish House. 


After four months of renovations, both Vine & Branches Inn and Lou’s Fish House were completed, the doors reopened to the public on July 1st, 2018. 


The Swanson family is excited to continue Lou's legacy for years to come, feeding millions of people with the World Famous smoked fish and shrimp, as well as cheese, jerky, and hard-scooped ice cream. 

Rave Reviews

"Incredible smoked fish, and loved the hand-scooped ice cream! Extremely clean business and great service from the staff. Highly recommend stopping by you will not regret it!"

-Nick Luoma

"Amazing smoked fish, great location, and the friendliest staff, ever. This is a must-stop if you're headed up the North Shore."

- Dave Scott

"Lou's smoked shrimp are delicious anyone who finds themselves in Two Harbors should definitely stop by Lou's! Pleasant little place, friendly staff as well if I might add!"

- Eli Youderin