Mickey’s Diner in Saint Paul

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Mickey’s Diner is a classic diner in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. It has been in continuous operation at the same location since 1939. Designed to resemble a railroad dining car, the prefabricated building was constructed in 1937 by the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey, then shipped to Saint Paul by rail. Its unusual architecture made it a local landmark. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 for having local significance in the themes of architecture and commerce. It was nominated for being “a beloved, longstanding and unique social institution,” an unaltered example of railroad car-style diners, and one of the few surviving examples of its type in the American Midwest.

50 feet (15 m) long and 10 feet (3.0 m) wide, Mickey’s has distinctive red and yellow porcelain-enameled steel panels and Art Deco-style lettering on the exterior. A row of 10 train-style windows graces the front. The interior features floor-mounted round stools along a well-worn counter.

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Mickey Crimmons and Bert Mattson opened Mickey’s Diner in 1939. Such diners had gained popularity early in the 20th century as inexpensive, often all-night, eateries. Mickey’s Diner has been operating as a family-owned business since the year it opened.

Besides its architecture, Mickey’s is known for its all-day (and all-night) breakfast menu. The menu features such staples as eggs, pancakes, and hash browns. It also includes Mickey’s homemade mulligan stew, hamburgers, and ice cream floats, milkshakes, and malts. The diner’s website includes Mickey’s schedule (“Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year”) and its “House Rules” (“No smoking, no checks, no take out”).

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