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On June 20, 1951, P.M. Roles received a permit to build the "Dairy Mor." Since then, the building has changed owners and themes, and operated as "Buds Big Boy", "Oak Hill Drive -In", and the most well known, "Wagner's Drive-In". The building still stands today and is widely recognized as a local icon. For 27 years, Steven Schussler has been a fan of this nostalgic location. He has watched families and friends dine together and play frisbee with their dogs while waiting for their burgers. He has witnessed couples enjoy their first kiss over dinner and has experienced the incredible feeling of community as friends and family congregate to enjoy great food at this neighborhood drive in.

After driving past the building for nearly three decades and having a burning passion for drive in restaurants since he was a child, Schussler knew he wanted to do more. When he learned that the permit for the building was received on his birthday, it was the icing on the cake. He knew this was either an amazing coincidence or an alignment of the stars.

Schussler purchased the drive in with the idea of keeping it a neighborhood icon. The impressive support of the City of St. Louis Park and neighbors has allowed for a major upgrade to the building and the parking lot structure, which were in need of significant repairs. These upgrades - along with the addition of handicap accessible bathrooms, new and manicured landscaping, a new paved parking lot, blankets to extend the outdoor dining season and enhance guest comfort while dining, as well as a fire pit for guests to roast marshmallows over open flames and create their own delicious s'mores with graham crackers and melted chocolate - give this St. Louis Park icon a redefined heart and soul. Guests can even bring a part of Galaxy Drive In home with a fire-roasting s'more kit complete with two-foot long roasting sticks, large marshmallows, mouth-watering chocolate and crunchy graham crackers.

Although known for its award winning burgers some years ago, the ingredients and methods of cooking at the drive in have changed over the years. Galaxy Drive In is bringing back the once award winning burgers and their secret cooking methods, fries, onion rings and even new additions, including a canine cuisine menu!

Steven Schussler is proud to have lived in St. Louis Park for 27 years. As a man who loves life and lives it to its fullest, he is sure Galaxy Drive In will put smiles on many faces and generate new heart-felt memories for thousands of guests who love great food and an unbeatable drive in experience!

WAGNER'S BEFORE

 

THE INTERGALACTIC, RETRO-FUTURISTIC MAKEOVER of GALAXY DRIVE IN

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The History From Dairy Mor to Wagner’s – 1951 to 2003

Written by Alise Hofstad-Parkhill

In 1951 P.M. Roles built the structure, which is currently Wagner's Drive-In (permit No. 9631). It was constructed on 3712 Quebec Avenue at the intersection of Hwy 7 and Quebec Avenue.  Mr. Roles has a permit dated June 20, 1951 to build a building called Dairy Mor costing $3,500 to construct.

Across Quebec Ave., at the time Dairy Mor was built, was a corner market called Cooks Superette, containing two gas pumps. The same building is still standing today as a blue house.

Mr. Roles sold the Dairy Mor

Eventually Mr. Roles sold the Dairy Mor to Bud and Jean Rodberg. They then changed its name to Buds Big Boy. In 1956, Bud and Jean later changed the name to Oak Hill Drive-In (Permit No. 319). At that time the menu was also different - a burger cost 20 cents, a hot dog 10 cents, French fries, 10 cents, and pop 5 cents.

Today, a burger costs around $2.09 for a single and a double would cost $3.59, a hot dog would cost $1.49 a small French fry basket would cost $1 .25 and a jumbo French fry basket would cost $2.00, pop costs 85 cents for a small and a large is $1.40. They even charge 25 cents for water.

Covering The Parking & Picnic Area

Mr. Rodberg, was also a schoolteacher, died in 1960. His wife then sold the building to Dick Gapinski and Don Schlacter in 1961; the permit (No. 179) indicates they built a steel awning covering the parking and picnic area. In 1963 they sold Oak Hill Drive-In to Pete Rodes. Pete kept it until 1975 when he sold it to Ed and Ahnalise Wagner. The Wagner's afterward changed the name to Wagner's Drive-In, and also expanded the menu. They added chicken and roast beef. {Roast beef is not on the menu today}. They also added 30ft setback of grass to the property.

After 22 years the Wagner's had to sell Wagner's Drive-In because their son needed a kidney transplant and the sale would pay the bills. Food brokers Bob Keening and Curt bought Wagner's in about 1999. In 2001 they sold it to Jayne and AI Wohl, which were the current owners. By 2003, the Wohl's had increased the quality of Wagner's food to where it was acknowledged by the Mpls/ St. Paul Magazine as the number one burger in the Twin Cities.