Sell with Confidence
Read More

1970s iconic Rusty’s Mexican Food owner sells ‘party house’ after 40 years

By Dan Sowden

The former owner of a well-known Sunshine Coast 1970s Mexican restaurant will say goodbye to his home of 40 years, which gained a reputation as a “party house”.

The former owner of a well-known Mexican restaurant from the 1970s has decided to sell his home known as a “party house” after more than 40 years.

Youle Rust – known as Rusty – opened Rusty’s Mexican Food in 1977 which became a popular destination for Sunshine Coast diners until its closure in the 2000s.

Rusty sold the diner, which was in Cotton Tree, in 1986.

He has lived in his Maroochydore home for 40 years.

Byron Rust – named Rusty Junior – said his father decided to sell his home and move in with his son’s family at the age of 92.

Rusty Jnr described the parties as “busy” and said his father threw them mainly for staff to unwind after a hard day’s work.

“Just to relax and forget about their normal everyday problems,” he said.

“He just has a good heart.”

The restaurant was “just a lifestyle” for his family and they served quality food with a minimum of two or three sittings every weekend, he said.

“There were no real highlights, it was just what we did,” Rusty Jnr said.

“It was treating the locals with respect, making sure they had a good time when they came in.”

Rusty Jnr said the house was built in 1981 and his father is now ready for a new beginning.

“It has a lot of memories and I think that’s why he wants to leave.”

The 1970s home has retro fittings including a green tasselled lampshade, flamingo-pink walls and timber and brick throughout the home.

Rusty Jnr has kept the family recipes alive and trades at the Fisherman’s Rd Markets frequently to share his cooking.

Rusty’s home, at 34 Wurtulla St, Maroochydore, will be one of several homes to be auctioned at Ray White Maroochydore’s Auction at Altitude on March 14.

Up to Date

Latest News

  • Important Updates to Queensland Rental Legislation

    You may have heard, there are new rental laws for Queensland that have been passed under residential tenancy legislation (RTRA Act). The rental law reforms were passed by Queensland Parliament and will commence in two stages. There are some laws that commenced upon assent on 6 June 2024 and others … Read more

    Read Full Post

  • Gavel came down hard on Sunshine Coast

    Ray White Maroochydore’s inaugural auction event held at The Altitude Nine Function Centre marked a significant achievement in the local real estate market, drawing an impressive gathering of more than 150 people plus almost 400 online market watchers. Demonstrating the strength of the property market, the event booked an outstanding … Read more

    Read Full Post