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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Vintage Postcard Minneapolis Minnesota Nankin Chinese Restaurant

Among my vintage postcards is this one of Nankin Chinese Restaurant in Minneapolis Minnesota

Post card is colorful and shows inside interior pictures plus the outside door area

Offered since 1919 Chinese American Food

The following is part of an article written by Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune which was updated

February 25, 1999

Walter James founded the restaurant in 1919 at 14 S. 7th St., now the site of the Dayton-Radisson 

parking ramp. He opened a second Nankin in downtown Chicago in 1933, where it stayed for 15 years

before moving to suburban Skokie. In 1949, James sold the Minneapolis Nankin to the Golden and 

Chalfen families, which also had interests in Holiday on Ice and the Minneapolis Lakers

 basketball team.

The Nankin moved across the street to 15 S. 7th St. in the late 1950s. In 1981, it relocated to City 
Center. US Restaurants, the company behind the Green Mill chain, were co-owners briefly in the late
 1980s. The Wu family, founders of the Szechuan Star Restaurant in Edina, have owned the Nankin for
 the past 10 years.
Their lease expired the end of January 1999 and the restaurant sadly closed. 
You can read the rest of the article here
Perfect addition to anyone's collection of vintage restaurants from Minneapolis of 
restaurant postcard collectors.  Offered for sale on eBay at this time
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