& Restaurant

233 Kraft Drive SE
PO Box 38
Melrose, MN 56352


Phone: 320.256.6001


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Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant is a place for those patrons who enjoy great tasting food in a unique atmosphere. Our specialty is fresh, real home-style foods that taste great, make you smile and fill you up... offering variety and value. We are a locally owned and operated full-service restaurant offering a friendly setting, perfect for an evening meal for two as well as hearty meals for the entire family.


Our turn of the century, rustic theme provides something new from the norm of fast-food or short-order restaurants. The combination of time-period accents, courteous service and freshly prepared foods will keep you coming back for more. We invite you to come and dine with us or have us come to you via our full-service catering – we'll handle the cooking, serving and clean up! From fresh fruits and vegetables to made-from-scratch salads to made-to-order entrees with homemade mashed potatoes, we have a menu to satisfy everyone's taste buds.


At Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant we keep hospitality and quality food at the forefront. Opening in 2012, our establishment has the experienced backing of an owner whose restaurant ownership status dates back to 1996. Accompanied with that is our creative and skilled culinary staff who take pride in developing, making and serving home cooked meals.


Contact us today to make dining reservations, party arrangements or to schedule on-site catering. Whether you sit at a table in our restaurant or have us cater to your location, the food will always be made from scratch, using fresh ingredients and prepared to your specifications.


Catering Services
As a full service restaurant we found it extremely easy, beneficial and necessary to also provide full service catering. The Central Minnesota area continues to grow, as does its need for professional caterers serving delicious food at reasonable prices. At Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant we seek to meet the catering demand put forth by businesses, engaged couples, families and organizations throughout the area. As your personalized caterer we can assist you in customizing a menu and we provide all of the cooking, serving and cleanup, allowing you to fully enjoy your special event.

  • Appreciation Dinners
  • Baby Showers
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bridal Showers
  • Business Luncheons
  • Family & Class Reunions
  • Graduation Parties
  • Groom's Dinners
  • Holiday Parties (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.)
  • Retirement Parties

We partner with Twin Pines Catering to provide a catered experience you won't soon forget. Take a look at our catering menus for ideas and additional information.


Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant provides full-service catering throughout Central Minnesota to a 60 mile radius around Melrose, including: Melrose, New Munich, Sauk Centre, Freeport, Albany, Meire Grove, Long Prairie, Little Falls, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Glenwood, Alexandria, Avon, Paynesville, Cold Spring, Spicer, Willmar, Litchfield, Osakis, Sartell, St. Joseph, etc.


Our History – Click to Reveal More Information

Owner and operator, Steve Danzl, is thankful for the opportunity to return to Melrose, Minnesota and establish the Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant. During his professional career in the restaurant industry he has worked at and established a number of memorable restaurants and eateries throughout the Central Minnesota area. Steve began in Melrose in 1995 by purchasing Funky's Restaurant; years later he opened Twin Pines Family Retaurant in Rice, MN and went on to expand into a Catering Service based in Albany, MN.

  • 1995 – Purchased Funky's Restaurant & Lounge – Melrose, MN
  • 2001 – Established Twin Pines Family Restaurant – Rice, MN
  • 2005 – Established Twin Pines Catering Co. – Albany, MN

Vision Statement

To serve God and bring glory to his name.


Proud Members of:

  • Chamber of Commerce – Melrose, MN & Albany, MN
  • Minnesota Restaurant Association