Now it can be told – it was the OK Cafe!

© Jerry F. Couch 2019

A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of Sugar Hill Brewing Company, Inc.  For some “then vs. now” contrast, I included a photo of a long-gone St. Paul “beer joint,” purposely omitting the name of the business.  A number of people responded with various guesses as to its identity – something that is always fun to do.

The pictures of the OK Cafe shown here date from the summer of 1971.  The place was neat as a pin and I’m 100% sure the hamburgers and hot dogs made in that tiny kitchen were great.

Today, the service department of Mogan McClure Ford is located where the OK Cafe once stood.

NOTE:  A follow-up to this article will be featured soon.  It will connect the story of the OK Cafe to the larger history of the Western Front.  Watch for it. 

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3 thoughts on “Now it can be told – it was the OK Cafe!

  1. Jerry, Is that Gene Sullivan in the last photo of the OK Cafe article?? I would love to have a copy or if you could e-mail to me. He is my granddad!!

  2. Jerry, thank you so much for posting this. It does bring back very emotional memories of a great place and time in my life. I had graduated from the US Navy Boot Camp in September of that year and returned to Trammel for my first “leave”. I took my mom and dad (Boone & Jean Powers) out for lunch . . . on money that I had earned! We went to the OK Café; and yes, the hamburgers were GREAT! We later spent most of that Saturday afternoon shopping in St. Paul . . . ending up buying groceries at the Piggly Wiggly before heading back to Trammel. I wish time were that simple and wonderful now. Thanks, again, for posting.

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