The Anglesey Cafe/Motor Lounge was at 1331 Hennepin Ave. Anglesey is an island off the north west coast of Wales. From 1940-44 Earl Irons’ dance band was the house band, playing a little jazz. An undated and unsigned memo (probably from the mid 1940s) says that the owner of record was the Minneapolis Bridge Co. but suspects that gangster Tommy Banks may have held the deed.
In March 1946 owner George Sampanis was charged with discrimination by two black men who were not served at the bar. Each filed a $500 suit against Sampanis. The Minneapolis Spokesman reported that others had contacted the paper with complaints about discrimination.
In 1963 it hosted folk groups like the Countrymen and the Jolly Swagmen, but Will Jones noted that the owners were looking to kick out all the rock ‘n’ roll and folk music. In 1970 there was the Regency Room for dining and dancing and the Surrey Room Piano Bar.
In 2015 James Lileks wrote about about the Restaurant that no one remembers:
It looks rather crammed and inelegant to modern eyes; potted plants hanging off the wall isn’t in favor these days. Don’t know when the picture was taken, but it’s not like they had a few years before the place closed. The eBay matchbook says the Anglesey was celebrating its 25th anniversary.