The centurion anniversary of speakeasies and their relevance now more than ever - a fun little trip to the past.

An unexpected gem in a small town, Warrens of Loretto has an obscured door leading to a Speakeasy that will take you back to the roaring 1920s. 

Our Julian team has experienced an interesting turn of events in a design project with WARRENS of Loretto. We were all bustling with excitement for the grand opening set for mid-march, when infamous COVID-19 hit the US. While I was pondering the events in the world sparked curiosity when I began tying them to the history of the Speakeasy.


I remembered reading about prohibition in the 1920s, when the first Speakeasy was coined. I started looking into this time period further and found that 100 years later, history is repeating herself in the most odd way.


While reading about the days of Al Capone and the invention of the famous Old Fashioned mixed drink. I began finding the similarities between life now and then.

Although events don’t completely align, exactly 100 years ago the United States experienced the eruption of the Spanish flu epidemic which killed thousands, ending mid summer 1919. Seven months later, in January 1920, prohibition began shutting down all saloons and bars. Sounds kind of familiar doesn’t it?


Bringing my fascination full-circle, Speakeasy-themed bars have risen in popularity in the past few years. In Loretto, Minnesota, Restaurant owner John Radford was set to grand open WARREN’S Speakeasy mid-March.


Needless to say, John was one of the many restaurant owners who were forced into temporary shut down due to COVID-19. He was able to reopen in July and we HIGHLY recommend any Minneapolis to take the trip to Loretto and check it out. Its a great day trip to a quaint small town - not too far away from the city.