on the border of minneapolis, at the center of the twin cities music scene

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Harking back to an era when nearly every major American city boasted a popular supper club – when “roadhouses” in the heartland, as they were called, appeared around the bend and a neon sign beckoned -- Crooners Supper Club is reinventing the classic American nightclub on the shores of Moore Lake in Fridley, just a stone’s throw from a bustling metropolis called Minneapolis.

After the War especially, when America was in the midst of a Golden Age of television, film and popular music, you got dressed up for dinner, and you looked forward to that date with that special someone, to hear your favorite local singer, or to enjoy the big name celebrity from either Coast, passing through town.

Now, as we approach the third decade of the 21st century, only a handful of cities are able to sustain such places.  But in the Twin Cities, where live music is part of a thriving arts scene, we endeavor to go much farther than your typical cabaret or jazz room.

At Crooners you experience the unrushed, wholesome hospitality of a Midwestern roadhouse; you taste locally sourced delicacies, from prime rib to crusted walleye; you savor generously poured cocktails and amply portioned meals.  From the minute you walk in, the romance of candles and white linen, the banquettes and ringside tables, and the cordial familiarity of your servers combine to create an irresistible ambiance.  No matter who you are or how old, you are made to feel like you belong.

We recently caught a happy-hour performance by the velvety voiced Charmin Michelle in this warmly lit 1960s-styled bar and lounge in Fridley. We’ll return to check out one of the daily jazz or blues performers on the main stage in the 200-capacity lounge. Or enjoy dinner and music in the 80-seat Dunsmore Room.
— Jim Joyce, Star Tribune

And that feeling of welcome (call it a welcome feeling) continues throughout the evening, even after the show.  You are led to the bar or to the patio for a drink or dessert, and you notice vintage photographs of the greats from the early jazz and swing eras winking at you from the walls.  And because we are far from a museum, the faces of local and national greats, who have played here recently, also smile down from their perches of honor.

Whether for an intimate evening or for special occasions for groups large and small, whether it’s for dinner-and-a-show, dinner only, or drinks after work or in our lounge after the show, our hosts, bartenders and servers are ready to help you craft an unforgettable evening.

 Especially now, we know you want to connect with those you love, with your friends and neighbors, and even perfect strangers.  We too care about connection.  And so we welcome you in setting where great food, great artistry and warm hospitality abound.

Thank you for stopping by!

WE ARE MINNESOTA’S PREMIER LISTENING VENUE AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION

some of our awards

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Our Founders

Mary M. Tjosvold, PhD

Mary M. Tjosvold is a local legend in the Minneapolis area. She is primarily known for her large health care company, Mary T. Inc, serving people in senior accommodation, assisted living, rental housing, hospice, home health and people with disabilities. She also provides services in Maryland, Wisconsin and Arizona.

She was the chairperson of the American Refugee Committee, has traveled extensively to war torn countries such as Burma, Rwanda, Gaza and Bosnia and established her own nursery and primary school in Cameroon. She has been honored many times, but notably, she recently received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for her humanitarianism.

In 2009 Mary took her very first cruise and the rest is history! Mary and Larry were married in August 2013.

Larry Dunsmore

For nearly 40 years, Englishman Larry Dunsmore performed on cruise ships and five-star hotels around the world. From the legendary QEII and Queen Mary to the Peninsular in Hong Kong, the Savoy in London to the Carlyle in New York to Raffles in Singapore to the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, he brought his irrepressible sense of humor and superb piano skills to a vast international audience. 

He toured with Barry Manilow, Debbie Reynolds, accompanied Ella Fitzgerald and in 1981, performed at the engagement party for Prince Charles and Lady Diana. 

But nothing in his lifelong career compared to December 2009 when he looked up from his piano on the Coral Princess and saw Mary Tjosvold. He invited her to lie down on his piano while he crooned a song to her. In November 2014, Larry and Mary opened Crooners Lounge and Supper Club. We fondly remember Larry with the additon of a new listening space at Crooners called The Dunsmore Room.

Mary Tjosvold and Larry Dunsmore.

Mary Tjosvold and Larry Dunsmore.