In a time when businesses open one month and close the next, it's nice to have a few places in town that are part of every generation's story. When we did an exhibit on the Morningside neighborhood in 2005, I was struck by how every man told the same stories about barber Burr Cheever, whether they grew up in the 1930s or the 1970s. The deer head on the wall, the stack of National Geographics (for their lure of half-naked tribal women) and fishing magazines, and the lemon tree in the window lived on in each one's memories.
I'll write more about Burr another time, but another business that has been part of people's lives through several generations is the Convention Grill. I've written about the Morningside restaurant in this blog, as well as our Winter 2009-2010 newsletter. Writer Katie Christian dug up even more fun stories and history with her article that appears in Edina Magazine (part of the Twin Cities Metro chain of magazines.)
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