Founded in 1939, the Band Box Diner is the oldest operating diner in the Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis and has grown from a small eatery serving all-American fare to a chain of 15 restaurants around the city. Modeled after the White Castle restaurants, the restaurant featured a classic interior with an open kitchen, a Formica counter, and fixed stainless-steel stools and was renowned for being the hangout for infamous Minneapolis gangsters in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, the diner still attracts a crowd, but more so for the laid-back, friendly atmosphere and classic diner fare of three-egg omelets, burgers, and fries, hearty sandwiches with various fillings, breakfast combo plates stacked high with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and grits, pancakes, and waffles.
729 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404, Phone: 612-332-0850
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