Doron Jensen

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Doron Jensen
Doron Jensen.jpg
Jensen in August 2010
President of the Minnesota Restaurant Association
In office
2000–2001
President of Timber Lodge Steakhouse
In office
1991–1994
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byPeter S. Bedzyk
Personal details
Born(1958-09-01) 1 September 1958 (age 56)
Dubuque, Iowa, US
ParentsRichard A. Jensen
Bonnie L. Jensen
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionRestaurateur
 
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Doron Jensen
Doron Jensen.jpg
Jensen in August 2010
President of the Minnesota Restaurant Association
In office
2000–2001
President of Timber Lodge Steakhouse
In office
1991–1994
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byPeter S. Bedzyk
Personal details
Born(1958-09-01) 1 September 1958 (age 56)
Dubuque, Iowa, US
ParentsRichard A. Jensen
Bonnie L. Jensen
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionRestaurateur

Doron Richard Jensen (born 1 September 1958), is an American restaurateur and principle founder of Timber Lodge Steakhouse, Homestyle Buffet, and Old Country Buffet.

Early life[edit]

Doron Richard Jensen was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1958, to ministers Richard and Bonnie Jensen. He dropped out of a secondary school at the age of 16. Influenced by his grandfather's cafe, Jensen entered the restaurant business as a busboy.[1] Jensen's parents were supportive of his endeavors from an early age. After the death of his grandfather, 20-year-old Doron felt ready to take over his grandfather's cafe. His parents helped arrange the takeover of the restaurant, but were subsequently blocked by other relatives that thought he was too young for the responsibility. Jensen briefly attended the University of Minnesota at the age of 25, after fulfilling the requirements to attend college, but dropped out.

Career[edit]

Buffets Inc[edit]

Jensen was brought into Old Country Buffet in by Roe Hatlen and C. Dennis Scott in 1983. Disputes within the company, in regards to southern United States expansion, inevitably caused Jensen and key investor Dermot Rowland to leave the company to start their own spin off of the company, Homestyle Buffet.[2] Jensen opened Homestyle Buffets Inc in 1986 in Clearwater, Florida and the company went public on December 1, 1988.[3] Jensen expanded to over 40 restaurants before he would leave the company of his founding to return to the Midwest.

Timber Lodge Steakhouse[edit]

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While in Florida, he was informed of a steakhouse concept that would eventually become Outback Steakhouse. It is disputed whether Jensen or Outback Steakhouse founder, Chris T. Sullivan, are attributed with rebooting the American steakhouse concept. Jensen decided to return to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he founded the company Q-Steaks Incorporated as the umbrella company for Minnesota Steakhouse in January 1991.[4] The company went public on January 1, 1993.[5] Jensen changed the name to Timber Lodge Steakhouse in 1994 when the company's reach expanded outside of Minnesota, with the exception of Paul Bunyan's in New York.[6] In 1995, he resigned as President of the company, cited as a result of a long tenure of conflicts with business partner.[7]

Politics[edit]

Jensen was elected as the President of the interest group the Minnesota Restaurant Association in 2000.[8] Jensen's career has also included lobbyist efforts representing the National Restaurant Association in Washington DC. He has also served on various commerce boards in Minnesota.

Personal life[edit]

Doron Jensen is the son of American theologian Richard A. Jensen and Bonnie L. Jensen. Jensen was also a relative of author Moritz Thomsen. Jensen currently owns and operates a small collection of restaurants in the Twin Cities.[9][10][11][12]

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