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Muriel Lee Collection on Caesar's Bar and the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood

Identifier: M/A 0313

Description of Contents

The collection consists of two scrapbooks, one from Caesar's Restaurant, the other from a garden maintained by Muriel and David Lee. Both Caesar's and the garden were located in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood, near the University of Minnesota’s west bank campus. The collection also includes newsletters from Caesar's and some miscellaneous material.


  • Creation: 1965 - 2011



The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours.


Muriel and David Lee moved into the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in 1960. In 1962, the couple bought the buildings at 316, 320, and 324 Cedar Avenue. At the time, two of the buildings housed a bar, whose rent helped cover the deed payments. When the bar closed a year or so later, the Lees decided to re-open the bar in order to continue a source of income. Caesar's Bar opened in 1965.

By the early 1970s, Cedar Avenue was undergoing some drastic changes. Cedar Riverside Plaza, an apartment complex designed by Ralph Rapson, opened in 1973, and the University of Minnesota was expanding to the West Bank. Caesar's Bar was well-known and liked. The Lees rented apartments above Caesar's to students and also maintained a garden at 3rd St. and Cedar Ave. David Lee became ill and the couple closed the bar on March 28, 1986. The buildings were sold several months later.

David died of cancer in March 1990. Muriel Lee no longer lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Donor Information

Collection donated by Muriel Lee in September 2015 as accession 2015.05.

Muriel Lee Collection on Caesar's Bar and the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood
November 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.