May 30, 2007

Rest in Peace Nick Mancini

Yesterday, St. Paul restaurant legend, W 7th St historian and all around character, Nick Mancini, died.

I just ate at Mancini's Char House and Lounge last week. Mr. Mancini was not there. His health had deteriorated in the last several years.

In his heyday, you could always count on him for a big smile, an escort to your table, a hearty laugh, and some fantastic stories. He was a walking encyclopedia of the W 7th and old Upper Levee neighborhoods. He could tell you all about the characters, the breweries, the life he'd known. It was not unheard of for Mr. Mancini to buy the first round of drinks.

St. Paul will be hard-pressed to fill the void he leaves behind. An old-school gentleman and businessman. He will be missed.

His funeral will be next Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Paul. If you plan on going, expect a big crowd.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him, O Lord, and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon him. May he Rest in Peace.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

Better than half the crowd won't be Catholic. He had a lot of friends.

They don't run restaurants like that any more.

I think it's really great when the owner is present and he himself asks you if everything was OK.

May 30, 2007 2:25 PM  

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