Ads from the Past: Rustler Steak House

Hennepin-Lake, History — By on January 23, 2013 7:39 am

Rustler Steak House, 2841 Hennepin Avenue, operated out of the building currently home to Old Chicago. The building was constructed in 1974. Rustler operated until the early 1980s when it was converted to a Rocky Rococo. According to the Wikipedia page on Rustler, the company was a chain owned by Gino’s. Gino’s was apparently bought in 1982 by the Marriott Corporation with the intent to convert them into Roy Rogers restaurants. A few more ownership transactions later, and the Uptown location was no longer serving steak. The building housed Applause in 1990 and became home to Old Chicago in 1994.

Rustler Steak House ad

A 1981 Rustler Steak House ad for their Uptown location

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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  1. Alan Freed says:

    The Rustler sign at street-level at the entrance to the parking lot, 1977, image by Alan Freed.

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