Matt's Bar

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Matt's Bar
Matt's Bar in June, 2014
Restaurant information
SloganHome of the Original "Jucy Lucy"
Current owner(s)Scott Nelson
Food typeAmerican
Dress codeCasual
Street address3500 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota
Postal/ZIP Code55407
CountryUnited States
Coordinates44°56′21.94″N 93°14′51.12″W / 44.9394278°N 93.2475333°W / 44.9394278; -93.2475333Coordinates: 44°56′21.94″N 93°14′51.12″W / 44.9394278°N 93.2475333°W / 44.9394278; -93.2475333
Other informationFounder Matt Bristol

Matt's Bar is a restaurant in south Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is known as one of two businesses that created the Jucy Lucy.[1]


The bar was originally named Mr. Nibbs prior to 1954, where Matt Bristol worked.[2] It was reopened with the name Matt's Bar in 1954[3]. In 1998 Scott Nelson purchased the bar from the original owner Matt Bristol.

In a 1998 City Pages article,[4] Cheryl Bristol, the daughter of bar founder and namesake Matt Bristol,[5] told of how one day in 1954, a customer asked a cook to put two hamburger patties together and seal up some cheese in the middle. When the customer bit into the sandwich, he was heard to exclaim, "That's one juicy Lucy!"[3]

It was depicted in an iconic painting by Michael Birawer[6]

On June 26, 2014, the bar's original owner, Matt Bristol, died hours before the bar he founded was visited by President Barack Obama.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Matt's dispels report predicting the demise of Jucy Lucy cheeseburger". Star Tribune. March 12, 1997.
  2. ^ Motz, George (2008). Hamburger America. p. 125. ISBN 9780762431021.
  3. ^ a b Boller, Jay (2008-03-13). "Burger Battle". MN Daily. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  4. ^ Grumdahl, Dara Moskowitz (August 12, 1998). "A Tribe Called Lucy". City Pages. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Names Behind the Places". Pioneer Press. March 24, 2000.
  6. ^ Matt's Bar Original Painting, retrieved January 1, 2018
  7. ^ "Family: Original Owner Of Matt's Bar Dies Day Of Obama Visit". WCCO-TV. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.