Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Mankato, MN

4,960 Square Feet

Located in a historic Art Deco building in downtown Mankato, Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen (Number 4) now occupies a previously empty building with prime opportunity. While the site posed some design challenges, innovative solutions produced a one-of-a-kind dining experience that will have guests returning for another visit. When renovating this abandoned facility, ISG collaborated with Number 4 to create an upscale, casual restaurant and bar that is authentic to the original building.

One of the design challenges was the odd placement of existing columns. Several faux columns were added to create an even aesthetic and make the previous columns appear intentional. Original ceilings, soffits, and duct work posed additional difficulties, and were balanced with unique elements including elevated seating areas, partial height walls, and heavy millwork. This resourceful solution offered the added benefit of providing a rich blend of distinct dining experiences for guests.

This modern version of a retro supper club inspires the ambiance and charm of the 1950’s era that includes leather booths, pendant light fixtures, and stainless steel tiles on the fireplace and bar backsplash. The raised booths are draped with deep red velvet curtains, providing guests with privacy during their dining experience. Accenting the carpets, curtains, bar seating, and even the candles is the color red, creating a consistent image throughout. An electric mixture of seating types and light fixtures reinforces the desired image of an informal, and comfortable environment. The attention to detail and inventive floor plan contributed to the restaurant receiving Mankato’s City Design Award of Excellent in 2010 for renovations under $1 million.

ISG helped Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen transform an empty tenant space into a downtown destination, bringing the neighborhood atmosphere to life from lunchtime through late night. The restaurant’s guests are connected to the downtown by a wall of windows which showcase the rich atmosphere within.


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



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