Pappy’s restaurant opens in Brooklyn Center

A new franchise for Pappy’s Chicago Eatery has opened in Brooklyn Center near Highway 252. (Sun Post staff photo by Christiaan Tarbox)
A new franchise for Pappy’s Chicago Eatery has opened in Brooklyn Center near Highway 252. (Sun Post staff photo by Christiaan Tarbox)

Brooklyn Center residents will get to enjoy a taste of Chicago-style cuisine with the opening of a new restaurant in town.

Pappy’s Chicago Eatery, a franchise created in the early 1990s by restaurateur Shaker Aquel in suburban Chicago, opened a new location in Brooklyn Center near Highway 252 on April 4, offering a wide variety of Chicago cuisine ranging from lamb gyros and Polish hot dogs to ribeye steak sandwiches and chili cheese dogs.

This is third Pappy’s location in Minnesota after St. Paul and North Minneapolis, and is located at the former Jimmy John’s location at 615 66th Ave., Suite 7.

“We have a lot of experience with food,” said Aqel, who has worked in food service for four decades. “We have good, quality food. It’s different, and everybody likes it.”

Aqel brought his franchise from Chicago to Minnesota in 2004 with his St. Paul location, followed by the Minneapolis location in 2011. According to the restaurant’s website, most of the food’s ingredients come directly from Chicago, adding to its authenticity when emulating vendor-style street food in the Windy City.

Pappy’s also offers catering services, varying from Greek-style offerings to Italian cuisine, as well as chicken wings, fish and shrimp.

For more information, visit pappyschicagoeatery.com.

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