Quarterback Club, Northfield, MN, mid 1960s
Minnesotans of a certain 1970s vintage might recognize this architectural oddity. In the mid 1960s, a group of Minnesota Vikings—among them, Grady Alderman, Mick Tingelhoff, Bill Brown, and Norm Van Brocklin—started a small chain of fast food joints called the Quarterback Club. The restaurants, with their distinctive half-football domes, were located mostly in college towns like Northfield, Mankato, Duluth, and Minneapolis’s Dinkytown neighborhood. The Northfield location is still in operation—without the football dome.
Photo via Northfield News and Northfield Historical Society