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Original owner of Matt’s Bar dies hours before Obama’s visit
Matt Bristol, the man who started Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis, died Thursday morning at the age of 89 – just a few hours before President Barack Obama visited the well-known restaurant Thursday, reports say.
Family members told WCCO Bristol, the bar’s original owner and founder, didn’t know Obama would be coming to the restaurant for lunch.
Bristol opened the neighborhood eatery in 1954, and claims to have invented the now-iconic, destination Minnesota burger known as the Jucy Lucy.
Although other local restaurants have similar cheese-stuffed burgers on their menus, Bristol had long told the story of how his bar was the first, and all others are just mere imitations. The story, according to the Matt’s Bar’s website, goes like this: A customer came into the restaurant and asked for two hamburger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle, and upon biting into the burger the customer exclaimed, “That’s one juicy Lucy!”
The burger quickly became popular. So popular, actually, that the restaurant forgot to put the “I” in juicy on their menu, so the burger has since been called the Jucy Lucy.