Mar 062010

President Bill Clinton at Peter's Grill Restaurant, MinneapolisWhere: Peter’s Grill, 114 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis; the oldest restaurant in the city (founded in 1914 at 9th Street & Marquette).

What: Photograph of President Bill Clinton eating lunch at the counter, along with a menu signed by Clinton.

Back story: Clinton dropped by Peter’s Grill for lunch one Friday afternoon in April 1995 after addressing a community college convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The president ordered a Canadian bacon-and-egg sandwich on pumpernickel bread, vegetable soup, apple pie and diet Coke—on the menu today as the President Clinton Special ($11.95). Before leaving, Clinton signed a menu to owner Peter Atsidakos, “Peter—Thanks for a great meal! Bill Clinton 4-24-95.”

Later in the day, addressing a crowd seeing him off at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Clinton noted, to laughter, that “I just had lunch downtown at a place called Peter’s Grill, and I’m so full, I need a nap.”

Coda: Nearly two decades after Clinton’s visit, the long run of Peter's Grill came to an end. Owner Peter Atsidakos threw in the towel in June 2013, after 99 years; he blamed the grill’s demise on the rising food truck phenomenon in downtown Minneapolis.

No idea where memorabilia such as Clinton’s signed menu may have ended up.

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  One Response to “ARTIFACT: Bill Clinton Ate Here”

  1. Love this! No wonder he needed heart surgery. Thanks for sharing this great bit of Minneapolitana!

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