Anoka Perkins... Boothrotting No More!

The Perkins Family Restaurant in Anoka, MN, closed it’s doors permanently on October 20, 2019. 
Less than a year of what would have been it’s 50th birthday. The Anoka Perkins opened in 1971.

No time was wasted in removing the sign...
Neither did I. Not even two weeks after the last Mammoth Muffin was pulled from its glass case, I was here to photograph what Anoka Perkins left behind.

For starters, an empty parking lot! With no patrons. To not eat the food that is no longer served here.
Perkins has been an institution in my family. Many meals were eaten here, at the old Perkins on Coon Rapids Blvd. and out in Blaine, at the one demolished in 2007. For some reason, the chain simply resonated strong in my parents' appetites.

Perkins located near Orlando, Florida. Photographed during a family vacation. April, 1983.

This section of parking is reserved for Senior Citizens…


Who could pick up that day’s paper on their way to morning coffee and acrimony.

Walkway to the entrance.