50 Years-50 Stories: Dixie's on Grand

Dixie’s Celebrates 30 Years on Grand Avenue
Dixie’s Restaurant celebrates 30 years on Grand Avenue by introducing a new menu under the creative direction of executive chef Erin Lege, who hails from the Vermillion Parish in the heart of Cajun Country.

About Dixie’s
Dixie's on Grand has been sharing the southern tradition for 30 years, serving authentic comfort food with warm and gracious hospitality. Dixie’s on Grand celebrates 30 years with the creation of a new menu, inspired by the Louisiana traditions of Chef Erin Legé. For Chef Erin, the Dixie’s on Grand menu is personal. The fried chicken is his grandmother’s recipe and his gumbo won him a gold medal at the 2008 Louisiana Gumbo Cook-Off. The catfish, red beans and rice, corn maque choux, and jambalaya are dishes inspired from the many weekend gatherings of friends and family back home. Chef Erin looks forward to sharing his cooking and Southern hospitality with you!

We also offer additional global dining at our other Grand Avenue restaurants and invite you to try Emmett’s Public House and Saji-Ya. We’re grateful to be locally owned and active members of the community and look forward to the next 30 years!

The History
In the early years of Grand Avenue, Dixie’s current location went through many changes. In the very early days it was a car sales lot and a Foodtown grocery store, before becoming a restaurant. From 1976-1985 this location was Estaban’s Mexican Restaurant.

Dixie's Location prior to becoming a restaurant space

In 1985 Dixie’s opened its doors through the hard work and vision of investors Steve Goldberg & Ron Erpelding (of Bullwinkle’s fame), Mike Andrews & John White (Sgt. Prestons, J.D. Hoyt’s & the Loon Café), along with Executive Chef, John Sievers & General Manager John Wolf.

In 1987, the owner of Saji_Ya fled in the middle of the night (rumored to have a large gambling debt) and “gifted” Saji-Ya to the landlords, Emmett and Ann Kenefick with their son, Peter who turned it over to Andrews and Goldberg to operate.

In 2001, Dixie’s and Saji_Ya were purchased by a group led by Peter Keneflick.

In 2007 Dixie’s underwent an extensive remodel where the original Dixie’s octagon bar was changes to what it is today.

During the spring of 2015, Dixie’s banquet room “The Keywest Room, was remodeled and a 3rd concept Emmett’s Public House was born. This was to honor our landlord (Peter’s father) who sadly passed away in 2013 at the age of 83.

The current ownership group consists of Peter Kenefick, Abby Geisler, John Wolf, Pat Kallemeyn and Mike Young. The landlords remain the same, Ann & Peter Kenefick and his siblings and his siblings Patsy, Susan, Danny and Amy.

DIxie's on Grand
695 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-7345

Monday-Tuesday: 11am–10pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 11am–11pm
Friday: 11am–1am
Saturday: 9am–1am
Sunday: 10am–10pm

Saturday Breakfast
Sunday Brunch
Lunch and Dinner Menu

Easter Brunch
Sunday, March 27th



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