Fuddruckers Saskatoon serves the World’s Greatest Burgers handmade daily on freshly baked buns with a build your own produce bar and a sauce selection to die for! We also offer delicious salads, fries, milkshakes, & pies –our menu has something for everyone, including those with gluten intolerance. In January we celebrate Fuddruckers 33rd Anniversary, as always we have our Fuddruckers Kids Eat Free Event, this year we wanted to share more about our history and Fuddruckers founder, Peter Golf.
Fuddruckers opened on January 24th, 1986, however before that, in the late 1950’s, Peter Golf purchased, what is now, the Family Fun Centre, with a dream to build his own restaurant and pursue his personal passion to provide exceptional, stand out service!
The Nite Hawk restaurant, purchased with the property, was eventually replaced by the Dog’n Suds drive-in: a popular hang out to eat, socialize and show off automobiles. In 1961 the Putt n Bounce was built. In 1986 Fuddruckers was introduced to the city and has been a landmark restaurant and experience since! The final addition, Ruckers, was created to compliment the entire Fun Centre experience.
Let’s share a little bit about the man behind the legacy that is Fuddruckers in Saskatoon.
Author: Sabrina Golf for Business View Saskatoon Chamber 2010 edition.
Peter Golf was born February 22, 1931, in a small Greek village in the Peloponnese. One of seven children, he was primarily raised by his mother as his father was unable to travel back to Greece (from Saskatoon) due to the start of World War II.
In these years of conflict, Peter experienced life-changing events; scarcity of food, concern for his and his family’s physical wellbeing and an uncertain future. Fortunate to endure these times, he grew from the hardship and began his own career as a young entrepreneur.
In 1945, the end of WWII, at 14 years of age, Peter emigrated to Saskatoon where he joined his father in their family business, Golf’s Chocolate Shop and Diner on Second Avenue.
2010 marked the 100 year anniversary for the Golf family’s entrepreneurial presence in Saskatoon. In fact, it is said that his father, Gust Golf, introduced ice cream to the city.
Over the years Peter ventured out on his own and began building his own legacy. He operated with the highest values and ethics with the belief to unite and empower people for great accomplishments. What made him a dynamic, successful businessman was his insatiable appetite for knowledge. In his eyes, there was a life lesson with each day.
His competitors were his friends, and he was notorious for his willingness to share his own insights and visions of what led to his own success, or those that he had observed. In his 64 years as a businessman in Saskatoon and Regina, Peter owned and operated The Zebra Club, Night Hawk, Dog’n Suds, Golf’s Steak House (Regina), Bartleby’s, Bonzini’s, The Putt’n Bounce, Fuddruckers, Ruckers, and Golf’s Car Wash, to name a few. The creation of jobs and opportunities for the people of Saskatchewan was his way to give back and share or thank this beautiful country for its generosity. He always reflected on the privilege of living and being a Saskatoonian.
Peter passed away in January 2009. The reaction throughout the business community was an indicator of his powerful personality and presence, especially to those who chose to stop and listen to what he had to say. His achievements are still visible (and thriving) in those companies that continue to operate to this day.
“The success of Fuddruckers and the fun centre since dad died is largely due to the commitment and stick-to-it-tive-ness of a group of people who worked along side him for a number of years. Without them, it’s hard to know what would have become of his legacy. One thing that is clear though, is dad’s work ethic and philosophy lives on in both his family and those who felt like or have become family. ” Sabrina Golf
We look forward to many more years in Saskatoon, and we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the years! Thank you for helping us reach Fuddruckers 33rd Anniversary!