In our last issue, we examined the various liquor
establishments that made Excelsior Blvd. famous. Not to be
outdone, we now look at what Minnetonka Blvd. and Lake
Street had to offer in the way of refreshments.
It is interesting to note that several ads for gas stations,
right after repeal in the mid ‘30s, advertised beer – on
tap! Someone must have figured out rather quickly that this
kind of “fill ‘er up!” was not a good idea.
Actually, Minnetonka and Lake didn’t have much in the way of
bars and restaurants. There was Cliff’s Drive-in at
Minnetonka and Highway 100. At first it was next to a gas
station, but the highway swallowed it up – the rebuilt gas
station is still there. There was the Jiffy Lunch across
from the new Texa-Tonka Shopping Center, and there is a
spectacular picture, taken in 1959, of a drive-in at 8105
Minnetonka, but alas by 1961 it was a Laundromat. The Bee
Line Diner sounds inviting: now Beek’s Pizza since 1957 at
6325 Minnetonka. Probably your best bet to wet your whistle
was Art and Esther’s Tavern, at Louisiana. This building
became a grocery store and then the original Park Tavern.
What Minnetonka Blvd. had in spades was grocery stores. Here
are some of them:
Esser/Stewart/McGilligan/Lee/Western: 5555 Lake Street (now
Stillman’s: 4000 Minnetonka
Giller Drugs and Liquor: 4008 Minnetonka
August Witt’s Super Valu: 4100 Minnetonka
Borchert’s Milk House: 4201 Minnetonka
Moldestad’s/Prall’s: 4805 Minnetonka
Klein’s, Piggly Wiggly, Don’s, Tony’s: 6312 Minnetonka
Moscrip’s/Jackson’s/Park Manor/Kent’s Big Ten Food Store:
also the site of Beek’s Pizza.
Please let us know if we’ve missed any major sources of food
and drink on the (other) Boulevard!