The Blue Note Cocktail Lounge was located at 622 – 11th Ave. No. in Minneapolis.
Formerly Leo Roth’s Bar, it opened on October 9, 1962. Boyd Yancy and Thomas A. Lewis were the proprietors and Tilly Anthony was the manager. Jazz venue, favorite of Dave Moore.
Tommy Lewis was shot and killed on August 24, 1969.
From 1967 to at least 1972 the owners were Benjamin W. Fields and Claude S. Thomas. In a 1972 interview they said that business was down because more blacks were going to downtown clubs. Thomas said that when he first got there in 1967 “I thought I was in a western movie” for all the people with guns in the place. Still there in 1974.