Al's Breakfast to say goodbye to legendary chef-owner after 40 years

Doug Grina started slinging breakfast food in his 20s.
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Next week marks the end of an era at legendary Dinkytown food spot, Al's Breakfast, as Doug Grina hangs up his apron.

The cook turned owner of the snug breakfast spot is retiring at the age of 70, bringing an end to his tenure behind the counter that started in 1977.

He'll serve his final breakfast on Friday, Dec. 20, so get there soon if you want to say goodbye.

Grina was featured in a WCCO story this week – which you can watch below – saying that he started working at Al's with hopes of eventually studying horticulture, but instead found his love in food.

During his tenure, Al's Breakfast has been lauded by national organizations, including in 2004 when it was honored in the "America's Classics Restaurants" category of the James Beard Foundation Awards.

"To me, the quality of a cook is only as good as his simplest dishes,” Grina told WCCO. "Like I think we make terrific poached eggs."

Al's was originally founded by Al Bergstrom in 1950. He retired in 1973. Grina currently owns it alongside Alison Kirwin, herself a long-serving employee who became a co-owner in 2016 after the retirement of Jim Brandes.

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