Legend has it that Rosa Brochi ran what was politely called a “boarding house” at this location and thus began its tradition of offering 100% satisfaction. In fact, this is the location of the old St. Nicholas Hotel and well outside of the designated red light district in the alley behind the Club Saratoga. Also, there is no historical record of a Rosa Brochi ever living in the area and some suspect it is the name of co-founder Mick Paulucci’s actual grandmother.
Mick’s dad was Jeno Paulucci who started Bellisio Frozen Foods in 1990 (it recently sold for over a billion dollars) and owned Duluth’s Republic Bank since 1986 (49% interest in it was just purchased by Superior’s National Bank of Commerce).
Mick and his partner, antique collector Andy Borg, brought us Grandma’s Restaurant in 1976 with a magnificent atmosphere and world renowned wild rice soup. They also provided our wildly successful marathon, Little Angie’s, the Sports Garden, Adventure Zone, and the Bellisio Italian Restaurant. Andy Borg bought out Paulucci’s shares in 2014.
We will gather at the original Grandma’s Saloon and Grill at the base of the Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park at 5:30 pm this Wednesday (October 16) for fun and frolic and free thought.