Rudy’s Sirloin SteakBurgers was a chain of Burger joints in South Florida from 1984 to 1991 (the last year, I remember seeing one open). Douglas Rudolph was the man who brought Wendy’s to Miami-Dade County in November of 1977.
He later sold off those 22 Wendy’s South Florida locations in 1983 and founded Rudy’s in 1984. Rudy’s was a hybrid of fast-food burgers like Wendy’s and the little more upscale Fuddruckers.
I can remember as a kid having a hard time making the tough decision between which I liked better. I preferred Rudy’s mostly because I love char-broiled burgers.
In June 1986, Rudy’s Sirloin SteakBurgers company went public.
By January of 1991, Rudy’s, which was down to four locations, was sold off. According to the article below from the Boca Raton News, the plan was to expand the Rudy’s Chain, which never materialized.
The last time I ate at Rudy’s before they shut down was mid-1991 with my parents & grandparents.
Got any memories of Rudy’s Sirloin Steakburgers?
Leave them below; I’d love to hear them.
One last important piece of info, Douglas Rudolph is now the CEO at Tap 42, and the burgers are excellent as expected.
13 thoughts on “Who Remembers Rudy’s Sirloin SteakBurgers?”
Best burguer in the world , great memories from 1989, use to eat there with my father , hope someday will be back.
I sent you a message earlier describing this place and asking if you remembered the name. Then, I started perusing your site and found this post. Rudy’s is definitely the place I was describing! I’m surprised I was so accurate with the details I remembered, but I couldn’t remember the name for the life of me. The burgers there were great!
Hey, Von! I went to North Miami High and went to that Rudy’s all the time. Class of ’86. Don’t know if we crossed paths or not. I’m sure you remember Mr Hudak and his skateboard. Ironically, I think he was a vegetarian.
I worked at Rudy’s North Miami location on Biscayne Blvd along with many of my friends at North Miami High. It was my first job, and was a cool place to work at first. I got the job summer of 87 and worked here part-time throughout 11th grade and a little bit into 12th grade. This place brings back so many memories, met my first real girlfriend here too, there must have been something in the food as a lot employees dated each other lol. I remember it became Miami Subs for a while now it’s a T-mobile store. I found the pink shirt and suspenders we had to wear at my moms house after she passed away. I couldn’t believe she still had it.
Hey! Interesting fact! The Rudolph family who started Rudy’s is the same family that actress/comedian Maya Rudolph is a part of. Sidney Rudolph is her grandfather and Doug Rudolph is her uncle. This fact is mentioned on her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Rudolph
I never knew it was a chain. I always ate at the one in South Miami. There was a violent robbery and I assumed that was why the place closed
The South Miami location was the one I ate at too, then it became a Miami Subs.
I worked there one summer. Job sucked. Burgers were good though.
I used to work for Rudy’s both in Pembroke Pines and then when I moved a little north to Sunrise and one day I showed up for work and the doors were all locked and we all lost our jobs..so sad! my best friend of 33 years met her husband there and they are still married with 3 kids today. I still have the name tag and I think some napkins and such from Rudy’s good memories my first job ever!
Wow! Thanks for sharing. I’m jealous, I haven’t been able to find anything like that and I’ve looked!
Man o man did I LOVE THIS BURGER. I went to Lear school in NM and lived at the jockey club so this place was just down the street. Amazing juicy burgers. Loved the entire concept. Always ordered it with swiss cheese. The fries were also amazing. big fries. I must of eaten here a dozen times per month from opening till they closed. Last location i remember was the south Miami store which i believe they shared w some other food company. Any way we could get the recipe of the burger? Im sure you could pull this off. Anxiously awaiting your reply…. Vince
I wish getting the recipe was that easy.