Skip to main content

For sale: St. Paul '50s drive-in that featured on Guy Fieri show

It's one of the last remaining original drive-ins in the Twin Cities.

A drive-in that has stood in St. Paul's East Side for almost 70 years has been put up for sale.

The Dari-Ette Drive-In at 1440 Minnehaha Ave. E, first opened its hatch in 1951, but after closing for the season in October it is now set to shutter for good, having been put up for sale.

The eatery has been owned by the Fida for its entire life, with current owner Angela Fida the granddaughter of founder Michael.

It has made its name for serving up a mixture of traditional drive-in burgers and shakes alongside Italian dishes like spaghetti and secret sauce, meatball subs, and pizza burgers.

The institution's reputation for Italian-American comfort food led to it getting a visit from Guy Fieri for a 2007 episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

It was also named the best drive-in in Minnesota four years ago by the Star Tribune.

It's on the market for $384,900, which includes the marquee sign, 24 parking spaces, and various pieces of furniture and kitchen equipment inside.

Listing agent Greg Stoltzman, the husband of owner Angela Fida, told the Pioneer Press that the property could be taken over and used for another food business, though he concedes that higher-density uses are also possible too if the building is knocked down.

Looking to buy a home? Find a local realtor using our directory

Next Up


Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.


Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.


The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.


Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.


Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.


Screen Shot 2019-05-28 at 6.43.45 AM

Pop-up dinner in Minneapolis will feature Prince-themed food

It's in honor of what would have been the Purple One's 61st birthday.

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 8.27.30 PM

St. Paul's Forepaugh's restaurant announces sudden closure

The restaurant was hit by the devastating death of its executive chef last month.

Screen Shot 2020-03-06 at 10.31.25 AM

Five years after it closed, Galaxy Drive In set to re-open

The owner of the St. Louis Park restaurant has been waiting for the right moment to bring it back.

nichole's fine pastry and cafe

Guy Fieri's visit to Fargo cafe for 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' will air soon

Over the summer, Fieri visited several restaurants in the Fargo-Moorhead area.