Minneapolis Then And Now
Ah yes, 2500 Marshall Street Nordeast, home of Tony Jaros River Garden Bar and their world famous Greenie drink. But sixty years ago neighbors knew this place as John’s Bar, and it might have been famous for what looks to be a neon sign of a pretty girl waving in a short skirt at the top corner of the building. The other thing missing is of course the Lowry Avenue Bridge, which went bye-bye last June. According to the Minneapolis property tax website, this building went up in 1905.
Vintage photos by the Minnesota Historical Society, current photos by me.
Update 4/25/10- From talking to my uncle, John’s Bar went by the name of “John’s Fun House”, because it had different games of chance you could play inside. Also, the upstairs was known as a place where girls would keep you company for a certain price. That may explain the odd neon sign they had at the corner of the building. Sending out hints perhaps?