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Rudolph's Bar-B-Que closes after 43 years in Minneapolis

The restaurant shut its doors for good on Thursday.

Rudolph's Bar-B-Que has confirmed it has closed for good in Minneapolis, its home of 43 years.

"Hey all, the rumors are true," the company announced on its website. "We have decided to close our doors as of yesterday."

"Thank you for 43 wonderful years," it added. "Please continue to support all the great independent restaurants in the Twin Cities. We will miss you."

The restaurant at Lyndale and Franklin had initially put a sign on its window telling customers it was "temporarily closed," before employees contacted WCCO's Jason DeRusha to tell him that the closure was a permanent one.

The restaurant was founded in 1975 by Jimmy Theros, who decided to name it after silent movie heart throb Rudolph Valentino.

His aim was to move away from the idea of a barbecue "joint" and open a venue with "a touch of class."

The Star Tribune reports that such was its popularity, Prince was among its regular diners when used to live around the corner.

The Theros Restaurant Group also ran the former St. Clair Broiler, which closed its doors last September after 61 years in St. Paul.

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