About The Diner
Growing up in a small & poor farming village a short distance from the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Greece, Andy Atsidakos always dreamed of a better life.
He arrived in America in the summer of 1966 with only $7 in his pocket. His first job was working for his Uncle’s restaurant in Downtown Minneapolis. Andy started at the bottom, cleaning pots & pans & working very hard for little pay. After 6 months, he received a promotion & became the Baker. As the Baker, he worked 60-70 hours a week for a $40 weekly paycheck. Andy understood that he was working long hours for little money, but he was always thankful for the opportunity to live the American Dream.
After establishing the Crystal Steakhouse, Andy went back to Greece to visit his family. Little did he know it would be on this trip that Andy would meet his future wife, Libby. The two were married via arranged marriage by Andy & Libby’s parents. They both returned to the United States & formed an excellent partnership in life. Libby was always supportive of Andy’s hard work ethic & very understanding of the long hours that restaurants require.
In 1983, after owning & operating the Foolish Steer Restaurant in Spring Lake Park, Andy started a new chapter in his life. Andy purchased the original restaurant in Downtown Minneapolis that brought him to America so many years earlier.
“Andy understood that he was working long hours for little money, but he was always thankful for the opportunity to live the American Dream.”
In 2003 Andy sold the restaurant and retired. This retirement lasted five years before Andy, with a little coaxing from wife Libby, had the urge to open another restaurant. In 2008 Andy & Libby in conjunction with their grown children George and Joanne would open Cottage Grill in Rogers. The focus would be the same high quality homemade food, & gourmet home-style cooking that Andy & Libby spent a lifetime creating.
During that same year The Original Minneapple Pie was created. Inspired by their father Andy’s baking, George had the idea to make individual apple pies and deep-fry them. Andy and Libby were skeptical, but one day Joanne made one of these new creations and it turned out delicious! After 9 months of modifying the recipe Libby perfected the pie crust. The Original Minneapple Pie was born!
During the summer of 2009 they began taking the pies to fairs and festivals. In 2011 The Original Minneapple Pie began to sell at Target Field with the Minnesota Twins! In April of 2011 Cottage Grill was reopened as Minne’s Diner. Now Minneapple Pie is at the MN State Fair and traveling across the country to other Fairs!
In 2014, the Atsidakos Family were approached by New York native Jackie Dusosky. With an extensive restaurant and hospitality industry background, Jackie and her husband Todd along with their three children Tyson, Charlize, and Brody, had moved to Minnesota from Milwaukee, Wisconsin four years prior.
Jackie was working in the marketing field near Minneapolis when her husband informed her Minne’s Diner may be for sale, a rumor he had heard from an acquaintance. Understanding her passion for the industry that she stepped out of so that her family could adjust to their relocation, Todd and the kids encouraged Jackie to explore the rumor, and a meeting was set up by the mutual friend.
The Atsidakos family were very open to listening to Jackie’s ideas and goals for Minne’s Diner, especially because the Minneapple Pie was becoming so popular, and they were so busy making all the pies in addition to running the diner. Unbeknown to Jackie, the rumor was not true, and the Diner was not for sale. Multiple meetings took place, and after one year of negotiations, the Atsidakos family decided to partner up with Jackie by selling the restaurant side of their brand. The Atsidakos family and Jackie continue to have a strong business relationship whereas Jackie owns and operates the Minne’s Diner concept, and the Atsidakos Family owns and operates the Minneapple Pie brand.
With goals to open new locations, offer catering, and become a household name in Rogers and its surrounding communities, Jackie and her family are very passionate, grateful, and excited to be the restaurant branch of the Atsidakos creation!