On Dec. 5, 1933, at 3:32 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21th Amendment, bringing an end to Prohibition.

One month later, in January 1934, longtime Rochester café man Morey Kitzman and his wife, Hazel, opened Morey’s Bar and Café at 110 S. Broadway, making Morey’s Rochester’s first bar of this new era.

While Morey and Hazel lived in the apartment upstairs, the real cooking happened downstairs. But there was more than just alcohol at Morey’s; there was the food. The Kitzmans advertised that “When you think of GOOD STEAKS think of MOREY’S.” Among their Blue Ribbon Specials was a sirloin steak dinner for two with all the trimmings and beverages for $2.25, add 25 cents for mushrooms.

In July of 1949, Morey died of injuries from an automobile accident. Hazel continued on with the bar, finally selling it in the spring of 1958.

Lens on History is a weekly photo feature by Lee Hilgendorf, a volunteer at the History Center of Olmsted County.

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