The owner of Murray's Steakhouse, the downtown Minneapolis restaurant institution, has passed away, it was confirmed today. Pat Murray took over the operation of Murray's Steakhouse, home of the butterknife steak, from his parents in 1960. Art and Marie Murray had opened the restaurant in 1933 as the Red Feather Cafe.
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The restaurant, with its distinctive neon lighting and otherworldly steak has long drawn an elite crowd of recognizable Minnesota names, including Mondale, Humphrey, Hartman, and Keillor.
Murray was a passionate sports fan, and the Twins repaid the favor by adding the Murray's steak sandwich to the roster of foods available at Target Field.
Coincidentally, the restaurant just closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in September.
Yesterday Mayor R.T. Rybak said on Twitter, "We sadly just lost Pat Murray, owner of Murray's in dtownMpls. Remember his family and all the great work he did for our city."
Murray also owned Service Industry Ideas out of Woodbury, a restaurant supplier of serving items.
It is reported that Murray had battled bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, sons Timothy and James; daughters Christina Brandt, Jill Kummings, and Megan Blohowiak.
26th S. 6th St., Minneapolis, MN