Mr. Pete’s, 1983

March 4, 1983

Bartender Ray Ward (in vest) celebrates at Mr. Pete’s 20th anniversary party in Duluth last weekend with manager Debbie Berthiaume (left) and owner "Mr. Pete" Manolis. (Joey McLeister / News-Tribune)


Mr. Pete’s opened at its first location in downtown Duluth in 1963, then reopened in 1971 at a new downtown three blocks away. Here is the article than ran on Feb. 11, 1971, to mark that event:

MR. PETE’S CORRAL TO OPEN FRIDAY

Duluth Herald

Mr. Pete’s Corral, Duluth’s newest cocktail lounge, will open Friday at 412 W. Superior St.

Owned by Peter C. Manolis, the lounge will have facilities to accomodate at least 57 persons, about 30 in booths, 17 at a U-shaped bar and 10 at a piano bar.

Interior decoration of the establishment is based on a red theme in the leather upholstery of the booths and seats. Red also is the dominating color of the carpeting.

Walls are a combination of dark cedar paneling and brick and a vinyl type material behind the piano bar. ceilings area rough surface, light acoustic tile.

Lighting features a large wrought iron chandelier with small flickering bulbs. …

Manolis owned and operated the former Mr. Pete’s restaurant and lounge at 125 W. Superior St. from February 1963 until last May. He has operated the coffee shop in the Board of Trade Building since 1948 and also a Mr. Pete’s restaurant and lounge in Superior for one and one-half years.


According to an April 1, 1988, News-Tribune article, Mr. Pete’s was set to close on May 1 of that year. In the article, Manolis attributed the closure to a shortage of on-street parking near his establishment. Two other downtown bars – Murphy’s and Shenanigans – also closed in spring 1988.

7 Responses

  1. John

    Anybody remember the Diana Patton Trio they were at Petes quite a bit around 1974-75. Also a band called Sunnybrook (?)…still have my Mr. Petes jacket. You could only get those if you were a regular. whoops…

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  6. Kathie

    Mr Pete’s and later the Corral always had excellent music and really good food.
    Back in the days before ‘Blues Fest’, it was the best and maybe even the only place in town for great blues bands.
    I think that’s the first place I ever heard Bob McKenna play.

    1. Jon Leppala

      Bob McKenna played at the Michigan bar the MirrorLlounge prior to Petes and wife Judy was a Denfeld Grad 1968.

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