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Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

2629 East Lake: Minnehaha Grill

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— 27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —

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By McGhiever, May 26, 2019
1. 2629 East Lake: Minnehaha Grill marker
Inscription.  In 1927, Christ Manolis purchased the candy store at the southwest corner of 27th Avenue and Lake Street. Manolis emigrated from Greece at the age of 13 as part of the Great Diaspora—the migration of hundreds of thousands of young Greeks seeking their fortunes in America. He arrived in Minneapolis about 1915 via Ellis Island and Chicago, and joined others in the Greek immigrant community working in the city's fresh fruit and candy stores. When the depression hit East Lake Street, Manolis sold off the confectionary part of the business and ran the café, the Minnehaha Grill, for several decades. The restaurant served homemade fare to the neighborhood, including the working men of nearby Minneapolis-Moline and Toro factories. Christ Manolis died in 1956, and his wife, Gertrude, ran the business until 1962.

En 1927, Christ Manolis compró la tienda do golosinas en la esquina sudoeste de 27th Avenue y Lake Stree. Manolis emigró de Grecia a los 13 años como parte de la Gran Diáspora—la migración de cientos de miles de griegos jóvenes buscando su fortuna en América. Llegó a Minneapolis en 1915 por Ellis Island y Chicago, y junto con otros en la comunidad inmigrante griega trabajó en fruterías y tiendas de golosinas de la ciudad. Al caer la Depresión en East Lake Street, Manolis vendió la parte de confitería del negoció y se dedicó a la cafetería, Minnehaha Grill, por varias décadas. El restaurante sirvió comida casera al barrio, inclusive obreros de las fábricas cercanas Minneapolis-Moline y Toro. Manolis murió en 1956, y su mujer Gertrude llevó el negocio hasta 1962.

Caption: Proprietor Christ Manolis takes a break in front of his restaurant, ca. 1930s.

This panel is sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council and Deane and Nancy Manolis in Memory of Christ and Gertrude Manolis
Erected 2012 by Lake Street Council. (Marker Number 14.)
Location. 44° 56.908′ N, 93° 13.979′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Lake Street and 27th Avenue S., on the right when traveling west on E. Lake Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 E Lake Street, Minneapolis MN 55406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 2701 East Lake: International Order of Odd Fellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Longfellow School (within shouting distance of this marker); 3010 Minnehaha Avenue South: Fire Station No. 21 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3012 Minnehaha Avenue South: Lauritzen Wagon and Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away); 2721-23 East Lake: Lake Theater (about 300 feet away); 2730 East 31st Street: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (about 600 feet away); Snelling Avenue: African American Community (about 800 feet away); 2916 East Lake: East Lake Branch Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
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