Jake’s Pizza has been a southern Minnesota favorite since 1964. Our ingredients are made from scratch using family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
We make our dough fresh daily starting by sprinkling baker’s yeast over warm water. Our pizza sauce is made with our special family seasoning to give it a unique taste. To top off our pizza, we have 2 tons of low-fat Wisconsin mozzarella cheese made exclusively for us every month.
We invite you to try Jake’s Pizza soon, to discover what pizza was like before the national pizza chains started.
Family History of Jake’s Stadium Pizza
Rose & Ernie Jacobson opened the first Jake’s Pizza in Albert Lea in 1964 and created the recipes that are still used today.
After retiring from a 22 year career in the U.S. Army, Vern “Sarge” Carstensen wanted a business that the whole family could be part of. He bought Stadium Pizza and received permission from his sister & brother-in-law, Rose & Ernie Jacobson, to use their recipes and the name “Jake’s”. In April 1972, Jake’s Stadium Pizza was opened on the corner of Stadium Road and Monks Avenue.
Wife Norma and children Brian, Brenda, & Diane were soon all working there. In 1978, Wally Boyer, Brenda’s husband, began working at Jake’s.
In 1997, Sarge & Norma retired and sold both their restaurants to their daughters. Jake’s Stadium Pizza in Mankato to daughter & son-in-law, Brenda & Wally Boyer and Jake’s Pizza in St. James to daughter Diane.
In 2010, the original building was in need of major repairs. At the same time, the opportunity arose to move a half block east into a newer building with more seating and better kitchen space. That fall the old Jake’s was recreated in the new building at 330 Stadium Road. In 2012, Brenda & Wally opened Jake’s Pizza in St. Peter.
Today a third generation is part of the business. Brenda & Wally’s son Andrew is now managing the day to day operations of Jake’s Stadium Pizza.
Nothing Comes Close!
I was just there for a visit and Jake’s was on the agenda. I live in Sioux Falls and we have nothing that comes close to Jakes. If you live in Mankato, you are lucky to have this pie.