Mickey's Diner, 36 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Mickey's Diner

Address: 36 7th Street [[Direction::Template:Direction}]]
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1937
Primary Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
Architect or source of design: Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company
Historic Function: Other
Current Function of Structure: Other
Other Structure Function: Diner

Saint Paul Ramsey County

National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 83000936
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: February 24, 1983
Level of significance: Local
Primary Style: Art Deco

Mickey’s Diner was initially opened at downtown Saint Paul at 36 west 7th street in the year of 1937. It opens 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It was original manufactured at New Jersey and shipped to Minnesota by train. The diner offers breakfast food throughout the day as well as other classical American food.

The diner is in Art Deco style and the size is 50 feet long and 10 feet wide.



The owners of the Mickey's Diner, Mickey Crimmons and Bert Mattson attended a National Restaurant Convention at Chicago where they decided to open a diner. The diner was pre-fabricated at New Jersey at Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company and then shipped to Minnesota by rail on a flat bed. The size of it is 50 feet long with 10 feet wide that is in Art Décor Style that was designed to mimic the railroad dinning experience. The space inside the diner is compact with a service counter, around 10 bar stools and 4 booth seats. It features breakfast menu throughout the day as well as other classical American food. The price is quiet reasonable that is around $10 or below per person. The diner today still keeps its original condition as well as its original business style.It was listed in the National Register of Historical Place in 1983 because it "embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or represent the work of a master; or possess high artistic values, or represent a significant concentration of resources whose individual components are united historically by function or plan". In the year of 1950, it adds a second one at the Sibley neighborhood at Saint Paul.

Memories and stories


Mickey’s Diner has appears in several Holleywood movies such as The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All the Way, and My prairie Home Companion as well as several music videos. It was also on several food shows. Nowadays, the Mickeys Dinner is certainly one of the landmarks of Saint and Minnesota. However, it was in danger of being removed from the street during several city street expansions. The Los Angles Times in 1991 reported that the Mickey’s owner claimed that even though it has been listed on the National register of Historical Place, they still don’t feel its secure they can stay for very long. They have been told several times its time to pack and relocate to a less busy location. In 1980s, there was a street expansion projects that was planning to add a right turn lane at the location of the diner. Loyalists cried to “save Mickey’s” refrained the structure being relocated.


It is true to some degree that a one-story diner may not be the most efficient building in the busy and crowded downtown area. However, it reminds people of the dinning experience of the mid Twenty-century, which it used to be a popular small business that attract wide range of local population. The Mickey's Diner is the only dinner left at Minnesota and one of the few dinners in the United State. Those businesses used to open 24 hours a day that is a part of the urban culture for people stay up late or people work night shifts, while it is also a part of of neighborhood gathering place There are not many diners exist nowadays so it will be very crucial to preserve Mickey’s Diner to remind people the old type of building and the business style of a dinner. Template:Significance

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