Matty B's in St. Paul has closed

Matty B's in St. Paul has closed

There are 52 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 20, 2009, titled Matty B's in St. Paul has closed. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Matty B's in downtown St. Paul is no longer in play. After less than three years, the supper club named after Vikings Pro Bowl center Matt Birk has closed.

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Mr Compassionate

Minneapolis, MN

#45 Jan 21, 2009
Personally, I think when Gallivans was sold to the Landreville's and it closed for several months for "remodeling", that sounded the death knell for the place.
It's a shame because it was a great place to go and talk, have a drink, and maybe a meal. At least that was the case when the Gallivan's owned it.
St. Paul had various nice restaurant/bars, but new ownership which did not have a clue doomed them to failure.
Sports bars? We don't need any more stinking sports bars!!!

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#46 Jan 21, 2009
Mr Compassionate wrote:
Personally, I think when Gallivans was sold to the Landreville's and it closed for several months for "remodeling", that sounded the death knell for the place.
It's a shame because it was a great place to go and talk, have a drink, and maybe a meal. At least that was the case when the Gallivan's owned it.
St. Paul had various nice restaurant/bars, but new ownership which did not have a clue doomed them to failure.
Sports bars? We don't need any more stinking sports bars!!!
I agree. It was more of a remuddling than remodeling. The place gained some room but lost the atmosphere that brought in the business. The Gallivans had a rare talent for running a bar and restaurant. They made the customers feel welcome and provided great dining and decent drinks at a modest price. It's been almost 27 years since they left and I still miss the old place.
LOL

Chanhassen, MN

#47 Jan 21, 2009
Wilgeno wrote:
Their website is gone also. http://www.mattybs.com . I was trying to get our small company to have it's 'winter' party there. Guess that won't happen.
Besides, I go to Mancini's for steak.
Really? That's just so effin' fascinating! Do tell more!

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#48 Jan 21, 2009
Mr Compassionate wrote:
Personally, I think when Gallivans was sold to the Landreville's and it closed for several months for "remodeling", that sounded the death knell for the place.
It's a shame because it was a great place to go and talk, have a drink, and maybe a meal. At least that was the case when the Gallivan's owned it.
St. Paul had various nice restaurant/bars, but new ownership which did not have a clue doomed them to failure.
Sports bars? We don't need any more stinking sports bars!!!
If my memory is correct, and at my old age there are no guarantees, when Gallivan Sr. passed away the family sold it to the employees who ran it for awhile before them selling it. Gallivan Sr. had two boys, one I believe went into in Insurance business and the other Patrick had "The Gallivanteers", a musical group who always played at the restaurant, but Pat had no real interest or knowledge to run it and as matter of fact moved to California for a number of years.
Don Riley the former sports writer for the PP wrote a book called Gallivan's Gang about some failed money-making schemes that were hatched over an overabundance of cocktails at the restaurant. A very funny book, but probably hard to find.
ahh

Saint Paul, MN

#49 Jan 21, 2009
even matt birk is not spared in this tough economic time. i bet now he wants a big big contract so he can keep the other business running. i've been telling you folks this guy is overrated and this will prove my point
brevity

Saint Paul, MN

#50 Jan 21, 2009
Bill Hicks wrote:
So Matt Birk is not coming back to the Vikings then?
His house is for sale too.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#51 Jan 21, 2009
Da Crusher_RIP wrote:
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If my memory is correct, and at my old age there are no guarantees, when Gallivan Sr. passed away the family sold it to the employees who ran it for awhile before them selling it. Gallivan Sr. had two boys, one I believe went into in Insurance business and the other Patrick had "The Gallivanteers", a musical group who always played at the restaurant, but Pat had no real interest or knowledge to run it and as matter of fact moved to California for a number of years.
Don Riley the former sports writer for the PP wrote a book called Gallivan's Gang about some failed money-making schemes that were hatched over an overabundance of cocktails at the restaurant. A very funny book, but probably hard to find.
A little more history:
For many years Bob Gallivan's was located where the Osborne Building is today. In the mid '60s Bob had to move the bar up the street to where it is today. He opened the new bar in 1967. From its opening until 1982 it was a popular place both day and night.
In 1982 Bob sold the place to a partnership, Jerry and Wayne. The partners enlarged the restaurant, which kept the place closed up for several months.
At some point, one of the partners, Jerry, took over the club until he sold it to another veteran bar owner, Shorty.
Shorty ran the place for a while and then sold it to a married couple who were also long time employees, Glenn and Mary.
On the July 4 weekend in 2003, Glen and Mary shut the place down and it remained empty for a couple of years.
I don't know much about the following owners except that it was reopened as "Rockin' Lobster" and then again as "Matty B's"
Bob Gallivan passed away many years ago. Tim is still active in Real Estate and Pat's band, the Gallivanters, played the State Fair last year.
St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#52 Jan 21, 2009
the food was terrible, pretty simple. service was terrible.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#53 Jan 21, 2009
Da Crusher_RIP wrote:
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If my memory is correct, and at my old age there are no guarantees, when Gallivan Sr. passed away the family sold it to the employees who ran it for awhile before them selling it. Gallivan Sr. had two boys, one I believe went into in Insurance business and the other Patrick had "The Gallivanteers", a musical group who always played at the restaurant, but Pat had no real interest or knowledge to run it and as matter of fact moved to California for a number of years.
Don Riley the former sports writer for the PP wrote a book called Gallivan's Gang about some failed money-making schemes that were hatched over an overabundance of cocktails at the restaurant. A very funny book, but probably hard to find.
As a side note, Mad Dog, Butcher, and Vivian Vachon could be frequently found dining at the large round table next to the stage.
Ann_in_Lowertown

Saint Paul, MN

#54 Jan 21, 2009
I've lived in the Lowertown section of downtown St Paul for a long time. I ate at the old Gallivans many, many times. It was a great place but then when it became "Rockin' Lobster" and "Matty B's" it never ever lived up to the great service, food and the legend that Gallivans was. What is happening to all these great old resteraunts? People still eat, come on! What's going on? Are people going to the Old Country Buffett? Do people just not know how to manage anymore? Customer service sucks at a lot of places. I agree that the service & food at Matty B's was bad and un-inspiring. The day that Mancini's closes their doors, I'm moving....they are the "gold-standard" for great food and customer service. Let's just hope that never happens...Dang, I kinda want a steak now...
Ann_in_Lowertown

Saint Paul, MN

#55 Jan 21, 2009
PS: another crappy, over-rated St Paul eatery:
Trattoria Da Vinci on Selby and 6th. The place is packed at lunch but I'm not impressed. The manager is a tool, clueless and the turn-over of the wait staff is high. La Grolla is waaaayyy better and the customer service is awesome. The hostesses are a little ditzy but the owner has been working on that. Their loster ravioli is to die for as is the cheese cake. And they treat their "regulars" like family, unlike Da Vinci's. You feel like you are inconveniencing them by eating there - I used to eat at Da Vinci's a lot but it's not like it was 5 years ago...I'm sure there are many who will disagree but this is my 5 cents worth...
Ann_in_Lowertown

Saint Paul, MN

#56 Jan 21, 2009
Busker Bill wrote:
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A little more history:
For many years Bob Gallivan's was located where the Osborne Building is today. In the mid '60s Bob had to move the bar up the street to where it is today. He opened the new bar in 1967. From its opening until 1982 it was a popular place both day and night.
In 1982 Bob sold the place to a partnership, Jerry and Wayne. The partners enlarged the restaurant, which kept the place closed up for several months.
At some point, one of the partners, Jerry, took over the club until he sold it to another veteran bar owner, Shorty.
Shorty ran the place for a while and then sold it to a married couple who were also long time employees, Glenn and Mary.
On the July 4 weekend in 2003, Glen and Mary shut the place down and it remained empty for a couple of years.
I don't know much about the following owners except that it was reopened as "Rockin' Lobster" and then again as "Matty B's"
Bob Gallivan passed away many years ago. Tim is still active in Real Estate and Pat's band, the Gallivanters, played the State Fair last year.
Thanks for this..Very interesting...always interesting to read about history or "inside info" a lot of us don't know...

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