My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Chef

August 16, 2009 - Mankato, MN

Happy Chef

The Happy Chef restaurant in Mankato was the very first Happy Chef. It opened in 1963. At one point the Happy Chef chain grew to 56 restaurants in the Midwest. Today only 16 restaurants remain.

The giant Happy Chef statue was, and still is, an icon for the restaurants. Most of the restaurants had one. But, as I chronicled before, these statues are disappearing. The Mankato restaurant is the only one that still has a statue. Restaurant owners were instructed to destroy the statues rather than sell them, but some managed to survive. Regardless, the Happy Chef statue in any form is a rare commodity.

1 comment:

BS5544 said...

Josh Mattson,

I recently ran across your blog while doing some research on MN roadside oddities. I have been doing something very similar in the last couple years and have chronicled it on facebook. Let me know if you want a link! We have visited a lot of the same places.