As Rudy’s Redeye Grill (4940 U.S. 61 N., White Bear Lake; 651-653-6718; rudysredeye.com) marks 15 years, we took time to chat with owner Bill Foussard.
What’s your first food memory? My mom liked to cook all types of food. I love everything. When we were younger, we would go out to restaurants and always try something different.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I always loved the idea of owning a business and started saving up for college. My senior year of high school I bought a self-service car wash in New Brighton. We had good times and challenging times. It just helped make me a better business person.
What was your first job in food? Carbone’s Pizza on Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. I went on to work at several restaurants, resorts and hotels. I really enjoy working with people. It’s a lot of fun.
How did you wind up in the business for good? It started with the hotels. I bought a Best Western Americana in St. Cloud in 1985, which I sold 10 years ago. In 2000, I bought Country Inn and Suites by Carlson in White Bear Lake, which was then converted to a Best Western. In 2003, I gutted the restaurant and that’s when we did Rudy’s Redeye Grill. We were affiliated with the Axel’s restaurants until they were sold.
What’s your favorite dish on your menu right now? Chef Brian Schaeffer’s medallions with New Orleans-style shrimp. The meat is blackened and the shrimp has this incredible Cajun sauce. It’s so good. I could just eat it with one of our house-made rolls and just dip it into the sauce.
What’s the last thing you cooked at home? Steaks. I love grilling food.
If you had to eat or drink only five things for the rest of your life, what would they be? I would do our medallion and New Orleans shrimp. Our Canadian pan-fried walleye. Pizza from Carbone’s on Randolph. A Fly Margarita, a margarita we have here named after one of our bartenders that is made with top-shelf ingredients. And I’d do a shot of Grand Marnier.
What’s next? We are always working to be better. What I learned with our hotel is we have so many walk-ins for the night and that’s telling us that White Bear is a destination and people want to stay for a while. We work really hard to be a community-focused restaurant and hotel that works together with community and tourism groups such as Explore White Bear Lake. One of the things I want to do is introduce a new tradition for New Year’s Eve. I want to use the 40-foot flagpole on our roof to drop a figure of a bear for New Year’s Eve. I’m in the process of trying to make it happen. Things are getting close.
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