Murray’s in Downtown Mpls. to Close for Renovations

The iconic downtown steakhouse will undergo a six-figure renovation, adding private dining, a horseshoe bar, and new décor—changes that the restaurant expects will generate more revenue and attract a younger demographic.

Downtown Minneapolis mainstay Murray’s Restaurant is temporarily closing its doors at the end of this month as it undergoes a significant renovation, co-owner Tim Murray recently told Twin Cities Business.

Murray’s, a family business that opened on Sixth Street in 1946, is among the oldest restaurants in the Twin Cities. Known to many for its turquoise façade with a giant image of the restaurant’s iconic “silver butter knife steak,” Murray’s has undergone some changes in its history: In 1984, it altered its layout by enlarging the dining room and reducing bar space, and in 2004, it underwent a smaller cosmetic re-do.

For its latest redesign, Murray’s tapped Minneapolis-based Shea Architects, and it plans to close at the end of this month and reopen shortly after Labor Day.

Key to the renovation, which will carry a price tag in the mid to high six figures, is the addition of private dining spaces, Murray said. The restaurant also plans to increase bar revenue by replacing its existing bar with a horseshoe shaped one and by adding nearby tables to tap into a growing trend of bar dining. The upgrade is meant to appeal more to those looking for a casual setting.

Murray’s also hopes to attract younger customers. The restaurant will likely add a distinct bar menu with lighter, shareable meals, and new signature dishes in the main dining room to complement its existing steak options.

Murray told Twin Cities Business that the renovation is expected to boost the restaurant’s revenue by 20 to 30 percent.

For in-depth details on the history of Murray’s and the restaurant’s upcoming renovation, watch for the September issue of Twin Cities Business, which will hit newsstands in late August.