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Truly a family legacy, the roots of Jax Café run deep, beginning in 1910 when great-grandfather Stanley Kozlak built the business on the corner of 20th and University Avenue. The building housed his furniture, hardware, and funeral services as well as the local dance hall. When prohibition ended in 1933, a liquor license was obtained and Jax Bar and Café was born- in the very part of the building the main bar lives today.
In 1943 grandparents Joseph and Gertrude purchased the café with a 56 seating capacity and a staff of four. What they lacked in size they made up for in standards, working hard to establish warm hospitality with a focus on great food. Grandma even lent her hand in the kitchen, developing a salad dressing still found on the menu today. The work proved fruitful, and in just ten short years Jax Café expanded to occupy the entire main floor of the present building.
Today the rich history of Jax Café has served the families of Northeast Minneapolis faithfully for 75 years. Bill Kozlak, Jr. follows in his father and grandfather¹s footsteps by preserving the rich tradition of Jax café while continuing the promise of uncompromising service. Known for a warm welcome and traditional atmosphere, Jax Café serves only the finest menu of premium cuts and fresh seafood flown in from all over the world. Recognizing that fine food doesn't require flash and trend Jax Café impresses with the best ingredients, immaculate preparation and the heart of a dining experience crafted through three generations.