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Gordy, namesake of iconic Gordy's Hi-Hat restaurant in Cloquet, dies at age 93

He and his wife opened the popular burger spot in 1960.
Gordy and Marilyn Lundquist. 

Gordy and Marilyn Lundquist. 

Gordon "Gordy" Lundquist of Gordy's Hi-Hat fame has died at age 93. 

Gordy, as he's affectionately known, died on Tuesday, July 6, according to a post on the Cloquet restaurant's Facebook page

"He was at home with Marilyn, his loving wife of 71 years, by his side," the post says. "Gordy was a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather.

"He took tremendous pride in his work, and all of his employees throughout the years," the post adds. 

Gordy and Marilyn opened Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet in 1960, and the menu — fresh, hand-pattied burgers, homemade onion rings, fresh hand-dipped fish and hand-blended shakes — hasn't changed since. 

The iconic restaurant has a cult following, with Minnesotans lining up the day it opens every spring. And it's gotten the attention of big-name foodies like Guy Fieri, who has spotlighted the restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

The restaurant appeared on the show again in May as part of a segment where host Fieri revisited popular spots previously featured on the show, the Duluth News Tribune reported. The show filmed at Gordy's Hi-Hat in July 2020. 

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