Band Box Diner
A historic Minneapolis diner on the verge of closing now has the money it needs to stay open thanks to help from the public. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported the Band Box Diner was running on its last grill burner and it needed to be replaced. If it went out, so would the business.
The Band Box is a place that any “knuckle puck” fan would recognize from the beginning of “D2: The Mighty Ducks.”
Nestled on a triangle-shaped block in the Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, between Park and Chicago Avenues, is a small white restaurant adorned with bright red letters that spell out Band Box Diner. It is not a dining car, but a more stout structure with much larger windows.
The Band Box Diner has been at the fork in the road between 14th and 10th Streets in downtown Minneapolis since 1939. Its current owner, Brad Ptchek left the life of an haute cuisine chef 13 years ago to work the griddle at the historic little eatery and never looked back.