Yarusso, founder of Yarusso Brothers Restaurant was born in a small village located
approximately 140 miles south of Rome. He Arrived in the United States with his
sister Amelia in 1899, at the age of 18. They settled in Newark, NJ, where Francesco
met & married Dora Corbo in 1901. Francesco & Dora arrived in St. Paul
in 1904. Their first home was located in Swede Hollow. They had 14 children. Around
1911, they moved up the hill on Decatuer Street, which is lower Payne Avenue today.
Francesco worked in a foundry, Northern State Power, & Schmidt Brewery. In
1932 he opened his own tavern. However, it was prohibition time and he sold only
near-beer. In the following year he expanded by opening the "Square Deal Café".
Every family member, at one time was an employee of the café. The Italian
sport of Bocce Ball quickly became a popular event at the Square Deal Café.
Francesco put in the very first Bocce alleys in St. Paul. Those same alleys are
still in use today. Many current patrons recall their fathers & grandfathers
gathering on Sunday afternoon to smoke cigars & argue over a game of Bocce.
Francesco retired & his sons took over the restaurant & gave it the name
"Yarusso Bros.". Joseph, Ernest & David were the primary owners and received
dedicated assistance from their sister, Margaret & brother, Lawrence. The
five created a special flavor at the restaurant, each having a distinct sense
of humor & a robust personality.
family members added to that atmosphere. The home-cooked food has remained very
much the same for over 60 years, along with the same sauce recipe that was created
by Francesco Yarusso. David's home was located just 5 feet from the restaurant
& his three sons, David, Frederick & Michael started working there as
youngsters. As they have often said "the restaurant was and still is their second
home". They have been fortunate to carry on the tradition of third generation
the world has changed dramatically since the 1930's, Yarussos has remained much
as it was when it first opened & remains a testimony to Francesco's legacy.
David, Fred, & Michael Yarusso have worked hard to keep the tradition of their
father & grandfather alive. The Yarusso Brothers want to thank their loyal
customers, some of which are now the 5th generation. They have declared that the
reason Yarusso's is so special is because of the patrons who come back again &
again. It is also these customers that have played a big part in keeping the Yarusso