The supper clubs of yesteryear
In last Friday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there was a great article about the "supper club," which is a rarity in the current restaurant scene. Supper clubs generally offered some combination of dining and entertainment. They started popping up in the 30's and 40's and were most common in the Upper Midwest. Menus consisted of your typical, unpretentious American fare like prime rib, steaks, chicken, ribs, breaded walleye, and "surf and turf" options. You would also see fancy cocktails like "grasshoppers" and "pink squirrels," and there was often music and dancing as well. Nowadays, many people consider these establishments to be nostalgic places. The article notes a few rural Minnesota supper clubs that are still managing to stay in operation in the ever expanding sea of chain restaurants.