As Gordy’s Hi-Hat prepares to close its doors for the 56th season this Sunday, Gordy himself told FOX 21 on Thursday he is likely finally done working behind the grill.
"I'm getting to the age now, I think, maybe this year it will be my last year here," said 89-year-old Gordy Lundquist.
Gordy said he feels the business is changing and it’s time for his son and grandson to take over.
“They'll have to keep things going. They’re smart. I'm from the old country,” Gordy explained. “They know things and do things differently than I did."
While times have certainly changed over the years, it’s the same great burger joint that locals in Cloquet cherish.
"I graduated in 1960 when Gordy's opened, and this was our stomping ground,” said Cookie Jaakola, a lifelong resident of Cloquet.
Now as for Gordy leaving his post after 56 years, his son and grandson told our FO X 21’s Joey Norton that they just don’t believe him one bit because they say Gordy has nothing else to do.
"I worked too hard to let it go, ya know. I spent all my life in this particular place. We've been here 56 years,” Gordy reflected during the interview Thursday.