Jimmy Theros founded Rudolphs in 1975. Mr. Theros -already a 25-year veteran of the restaurant business - discovered a marketing niche waiting to be filled. People in the Twin Cities loved barbecue. What he also saw was that most barbecue “joints” were called “joints” for a reason. Why not open up a real barbecue restaurant with a touch of class? The kind of place where everybody could come and enjoy the great tastes of barbecue chicken and ribs.
So, Mr. Theros drove across country and went to over 100 barbecue restaurants with his family in tow, to sample and learn how to make great barbecue. When he returned to Minneapolis he started concocting his formulas and recipes and found a location for his upscale barbecue restaurant. On June 20th, 1975 on the corner of Lyndale and Franklin, Rudolphs Bar-B-Que opened to the public and from that point Mr. Theros has been serving the finest spare ribs and chicken in the Twin Cities.
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