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Julie Quinlivan and Sally Woodward offer breakfast and lunch at Rudy’s.
Remember when you would vacation in paradise before you moved to paradise and wondered why can’t we live in a place like this? Julie Quinlivan and Sally Woodward had those same thoughts all the years that they would vacation on islands with blue water and white sand, until one day they set out to make it happen.
They sold their restaurant business in Colorado, bought an RV and started driving the Gulf Coast, hitting every beach town along the way. They were about to give up without having found the perfect spot, when by dumb luck they drove over the Cortez Bridge and headed north right into the perfect beach town. That same day they signed a contract on a house in Holmes Beach, returning a month later on April 1, 2008, for good.
With a combined 60 plus years in the restaurant business Quinlivan and Woodward knew what their next venture would be, and it didn’t take them long. On Dec. 2, 2008, they opened the doors of Rudy’s Subs & More, offering breakfast and lunch and featuring homemade muffins and cookies. Rudy’s, named after one of their three dogs, Gus and Ellie being the other two, took off immediately and has been voted the #1 new restaurant by the readers of the Anna Maria Island Sun.
Breakfast at Rudy’s is served until 11 a.m. and includes the Early Bird, ham or sausage patty, egg and cheese on a toasted English muffin; and the Roo or the Veggie Roo, steak, egg and veggies on a sub roll. You can also choose from homemade muffins or cinnamon rolls, and of course, coffee and soft drinks.
Lunch features their signature famous Philly cheese steak, or subs with salami, ham, turkey, meatballs and other tasty stuff in different sizes. They also have roast beef and cheddar and French dip. All of this is served with Rudy’s special homemade pepper relish, and if you’re lucky, one of mom’s chocolate cupcakes will be on the menu that day.
All menu items can be ordered to eat in or go, but once you’re through the French doors, you’ll probably want to stay. Woodward and Quinlivan have transported the beach right into the restaurant with unique, beachy touches.
The beach mural on the wall, done by Quinlivan’s sister-in-law, artist Kathryn Dawson, is the first thing you spot. Dotted with names of important people in the women’s lives, it is a dynamic mural which Dawson updates whenever she visits.
Towards the back of the restaurant you’ll find surf boards painted on the wall, which serve as a record of kids’ heights, right next to the paw prints of the canine customers. And don’t forget to look up at the ceiling near the counter where they have turned the counter post into a palm tree that includes coconuts. The overall affect is so bright and old time beach town, you’ll stay for that second cup of coffee.
Woodward wears a bracelet with the motto "Live The Life You Love." There’s no doubt that both Woodward and Quinlivan are more than living the life they love. They’re living the life they dreamed about for years. Visit them at Rudy’s, a happy place run by two very happy women.
Rudy's Subs & More
9906 Gulf Drive • Anna Maria
Monday through Saturday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ish)