The lifelong friendship between Ted Casper and
Mike Runyon came into fruition because of the lasting friendship
between their fathers, Tom Casper and Pete Runyon, who graduated
together in the class of 1969. Ted and Mike have known each other
since they were in diapers.
On October 1, 2000 the duo had the opportunity
to buy The Nook from Chuck Mitsch. They seized on it. Chuck
purchased Mickey's Nook, as it was then known, in 1997 from Mickey
Braunsen, who owned the establishment from 1967 to 1997.
The Nook started out for them as a little
hole-in-the-wall, 3.2 bar that wasn't very busy. Nevertheless,
with Tom's guidance, Mickey's cooking help and the hard work of
Ted and Mike--not to mention thanks to the many Nook regulars and
local patrons--they found a place on the map. It's now known for
some of the best burgers in Minnesota, featured on the Food
Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
In December of 2006, Ted and Mike decided they
needed more than the 12 tables and 15 bar spots that The Nook
allows and bought Shamrocks. Ted and Mike are very fortunate
to have a loyal customer following and hope to satisfy their
customers' burger appetite for many years to come!
We can write you a novel about how much we love
The Nook, but we'll keep this as short as we can. The burgers are
not only original and creative; they do them perfectly.
Every burger we've tried has been juicy, flavorful, and tender.
We love their vinegar soak they do to the fresh
cut fries, which gives them that extra crispiness and flavor no
The service staff is not only quick to hop on
anything you want or need, but they do it with a smile on their
face and actually seem like they like their jobs. I honestly
can't begin to fathom how anyone could say this isn't the best
place in the state for burgers.