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OUR HISTORY

In 1933 the Cherokee Tavern, a small bar and restaurant seating sixty patrons, opened its doors on Smith and Annapolis; Bob and Dorothy Casper purchased that restaurant in 1970 and called it Casper’s Cherokee Sirloin Room. Their dedication and personal involvement in offering the very best value for food and spirits plus friendly service, continually added loyal customers, necessitating expansions in 1977, 1979,1981 and 1997.

In 1987 the Casper Brothers purchased the Cherokee Sirloin Room and have continued the traditions that were established during the formative and growing years when their parents owned and operated the popular West Side restaurant. Since 1981 the Cherokee has provided Thanksgiving meals to the local community. Hundreds of volunteers descend upon the Cherokee to help prepare, package and deliver over 3,000 meals to those in need.

In 1991 we opened another Cherokee in Eagan. In 1997 we made a major expansion and revamping of the West St. Paul Cherokee and in 2001 we did an extensive remodeling at our Eagan restaurant.

Recently we have returned to our roots. In 2009 the West St. Paul location changed its name back to its original “Cherokee Tavern”. We under went a renovation which included refurbishing the original chirazo bar floor, authentic antique lighting from the 1930’s, a new hardwood floor, new tables and chairs, more booths, opened up the bar area giving more space and added a stage area so we can offer “Live” entertainment. We are making every effort to ensure that your next visit to either location will be the most enjoyable and bring you back again and again.

We thank you for being our guest and giving us the opportunity to serve you.

Meet the

OWNERS

Brian

RUBENZEN

Brian’s career started at the tender age of 22 when he was promoted to Executive Chef at the Pool and Yacht Club. During this time he was taken under the wing of Danish Master Chef Kaj Sorensen. Brian quickly became very popular with the members through his style of food that he learned from St.Paul College Culinary and Lake Elmo Inn. In 2002 Brian won 1st place with Chef Jeremy DeBruzzi at the Winter Carnivals Ice Carving contest. One day at the club there was a new server that started that was very cute with spiky hair, it was love at first sight and her name was Mollie Murray.

9 Months later the couple moved to South Carolina where they both worked in 3 very popular restaurants. Family pressure brought them back to Minnesota and Brian was offered the position of Executive Chef at the AAUW’s College Club on Summit Ave. During this time Brian catered over 200 weddings and was featured in the Eat Section for the Pioneer Press.

In 2005 Brian’s brother Ken Rubenzer who was a Real-estate Investor, made the suggestion to Brian. He told Brian that he should buy his next job and the perfect opportunity was right in front of them. Brian and Mollie purchased Ollie’s Kitchen which is now BRIE cater. In February of 2017 a wonderful opportunity was presented itself to take over a legacy and institution restaurant owned by the Casper family for almost 50 years. Brians next move was to be in the community that they are raising their kids and this was the opportunity. Several months later on July 19, 2017 the Rubenzers took over ownership of this iconic restaurant the Cherokee Tavern. There are big plans in the future and Brian will give this restaurant a promotion!

Mollie

RUBENZEN

Mollies experience comes from the front of the house from working at a number of restaurants. To name a few the Pool and Yacht Club and Marleys Island Grill. Mollie then received a much more important roll, Mother! She decided to be a stay at home mom and raise their three beautiful children, Jameson, Isabella and Brielle. Mollie is also the president of home and school at Saint Joes Catholic school in West Saint Paul.

For Mollie it was a dream come true to be able to be a big part of the community she loves so much, Mendota Heights and West Saint Paul. She will be involved with the service, the kids program and social media. She believes there is a soft spot in our area for a local tavern that is kid and pet friendly that host an environment that will have many familiar faces!

Brian

Brian

RUBENZEN

Brian’s career started at the tender age of 22 when he was promoted to Executive Chef at the Pool and Yacht Club. During this time he was taken under the wing of Danish Master Chef Kaj Sorensen. Brian quickly became very popular with the members through his style of food that he learned from St.Paul College Culinary and Lake Elmo Inn. In 2002 Brian won 1st place with Chef Jeremy DeBruzzi at the Winter Carnivals Ice Carving contest. One day at the club there was a new server that started that was very cute with spiky hair, it was love at first sight and her name was Mollie Murray.

9 Months later the couple moved to South Carolina where they both worked in 3 very popular restaurants. Family pressure brought them back to Minnesota and Brian was offered the position of Executive Chef at the AAUW’s College Club on Summit Ave. During this time Brian catered over 200 weddings and was featured in the Eat Section for the Pioneer Press.

In 2005 Brian’s brother Ken Rubenzer who was a Real-estate Investor, made the suggestion to Brian. He told Brian that he should buy his next job and the perfect opportunity was right in front of them. Brian and Mollie purchased Ollie’s Kitchen which is now BRIE cater. In February of 2017 a wonderful opportunity was presented itself to take over a legacy and institution restaurant owned by the Casper family for almost 50 years. Brians next move was to be in the community that they are raising their kids and this was the opportunity. Several months later on July 19, 2017 the Rubenzers took over ownership of this iconic restaurant the Cherokee Tavern. There are big plans in the future and Brian will give this restaurant a promotion!

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A word about

YOUR CHEF

Mollies experience comes from the front of the house from working at a number of restaurants. To name a few the Pool and Yacht Club and Marleys Island Grill. Mollie then received a much more important roll, Mother! She decided to be a stay at home mom and raise their three beautiful children, Jameson, Isabella and Brielle. Mollie is also the president of home and school at Saint Joes Catholic school in West Saint Paul.

For Mollie it was a dream come true to be able to be a big part of the community she loves so much, Mendota Heights and West Saint Paul. She will be involved with the service, the kids program and social media. She believes there is a soft spot in our area for a local tavern that is kid and pet friendly that host an environment that will have many familiar faces!

What people

SAY ABOUT US

Monday – Sun: 11.00 AM – 2:00 AM

Telephone Number: + 1 (651) 457 2729

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