Building A Neighborhood Fixture

On September 27, 1957, Ben Weber bought Park Tavern. After spending many years on the road selling women’s outerwear, Ben decided it was time to be at home to spend time with his family. Knowing nothing about the restaurant business, what he lacked in knowledge he more than made up for with a tireless work ethic eventually enabling the Park Tavern to become the #1 seller of 3.2 tap beer in the state of Minnesota.

In 1970, Ben’s son and current owner, Phil, came to work with him at Park Tavern. Nine years later, the City of St. Louis Park decided to widen Louisiana Avenue forcing Park Tavern to relocate. The new location gave us the opportunity to feature food, spirits and bowling in a 30,000 sq ft building. With the move, more family was brought into the business with Ben’s daughter, Diane, joining the business.





The Tavern Today

Although Ben passed away over 30 years ago, Park Tavern still thrives as a dining and entertainment fixture, not only in St. Louis Park but the entire Twin Cities metro area. “I live by the philosophy that my dad taught me,” says Phil. “Welcome everyone and show them a good time. It’s as simple as that.”

Park Tavern boasts a full dining room, 20 lanes of bowling, patio seating over 150 with lawn games in the summer and several private and semi-private dining rooms available at no charge with no spending minimums, and two full bars – one of which is a dedicated Packer bar with pool tables, dart boards and local beer and spirits. The bowling lane is the home of Fall and Winter bowling leagues, cosmic bowling and our famous summer bowling pass. We also open our bowling lanes to countless nonprofit groups to allow them to raise much needed funds for their organizations. Our pull tabs and other charitable gaming operations have raised over $700,000 to date for SLP community organizations as well.

What sets Park Tavern apart from our competition is we have so much more to offer aside from food and beverage. With the ability to cater and host events for up to 500 people, this puts us a step above most in our industry.

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