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HAPPY CHEF. The first Happy Chef Restaurant opened in 1963 in Mankato, Minnesota. At one time, the chain had 56 restaurants throughout the Midwestern United States. However, as consumer's tastes changed throughout the mid to late 1990s to pub and grill-type restaurants, the remaining locations number just three.

The restaurant closed in Dubuque operation on January 20, 1997 resulting in approximately nineteen people out of work. (1)

The 1989 through 1993 Dubuque City Directory listed 2700 Dodge.



1. Bergstrom, Kathy. "Employees Unhappy with Restaurant's Abrupt Closing," Telegraph Herald, January 23, 1997, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970123&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

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