Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Mankato, MN

4,960 Square Feet

With the ambiance of a 1950’s supper club located in an historic Art Deco building in downtown Mankato, Number 4 was designed to be an upscale, casual restaurant and bar that is authentic to the original building. This modern version of a retro supper club inspires a 1950’s era charm that includes rounded leather booths, red velvet curtains, pendant light fixtures and stainless steel tiles on the fireplace and bar backsplash.

Several faux columns were added to help balance the space and make the odd placement of existing columns appear intentional. Original ceilings, soffits and duct work challenges were balanced with unique design elements including elevated seating areas, partial height walls, and heavy millwork to offer a rich blend of distinct dining experiences.

This project transformed an empty, but prime corner tenant space into a downtown destination, helping the neighborhood atmosphere come to life from lunchtime through late night. The space is connected to the downtown by a wall of windows showcasing the rich atmosphere within the bar and restaurant.


  • City Design Award o f Excellence 2010: Renovation under $1 M - Number 4 American Bar



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