After 43 years, Rudolphs Bar-B-Que closes in south Minneapolis

July 27, 2018 GMT

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que, which served up ribs and brisket on Franklin and Lyndale for 43 years, closed its doors for good this week.

Hey all, the rumors are true. We have decided to close our doors as of yesterday. Thank you for 43 wonderful years. Please continue to support all the great independent restaurants in the Twin Cities. We will miss you, the restaurant tweeted Friday.

Calls to the south Minneapolis restaurant went to voice mail, which still gives a rundown of their usual hours.

A yellow sign telling customers Sorry, were temporarily closed appeared on the door on Thursday. That afternoon, WCCOs Jason DeRusha tweeted that the spot was closed for good, after employees dished to the station. This led to lots of chatter online, before the restaurant confirmed that it had indeed already served up its last rack of ribs.

Named for silent film star Rudolph Valentino, the spot was owned by Jimmy Theros Theros Restaurant Group, which also ran the recently-shuttered St. Paul neighborhood favorite St. Clair Broiler. It became an institution after occupying the corner for so long. Prince used to go there when he lived around the corner in the early days of his career, and Jimmy Jam called it our old spot during a 2010 visit after performing with The Time.

More recently, Rudolphs’ parking lot was closed during Lyndale Avenue construction, and they promised customers on their website that once work was finished, theyd have a big, beautiful ramp across the street.