About the Old No. 1

The Old No.1 is Morris' premier stop for good drinks and good food! Our location, right on the Main Street through Morris, MN (Atlantic Avenue), makes us easy to find from both Highway 9 and 28 (view map). We also provide FREE WiFi throughout our building.

We are open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. every day, 7 days a week; except we are closed on the following holidays: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.

Our Southside Reception Hall and Conference Center is the perfect place for Wedding Receptions and other special events. We have conference and meeting rooms ideal for gatherings as small as 20 people or as large as 400.

The Old No. 1 has a variety of great menu items. Some local favorites include:

  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Pork Chops
  • Chimichangas
  • Oriental salads
  • Steaks and burgers
  • Appetizers

We are a family restaurant! Our game room will entertain our young (or young at heart patrons).

Photo of Old Number 1 before remodel

photo of the building before the remodel

History of the Old No. 1

Originally a VFW bar and lounge, the Old No. 1 Bar and Grill opened its doors in 1997 after a short remodel. (The Old No. 1 is proud to be the home of the VFW).  It opened with a modest kitchen, but a full menu featuring many items we still serve today.

In 1999, we added the Southside Reception Hall and Conference Center. It has a 400–person capacity, and can be divided into separate meeting areas to accommodate large banquets or small meetings. We added a bus service in 2004 to act as a "sober cab." Our limousine-style bus seats 21 and has been a popular addition to the Old No. 1.

Our Name

The name "Old No. 1" relates to Prohibition days. Stevens County was one of the first in Minnesota to go "wet" after prohibition. Two bars quickly opened, simply named Bar No. 1 and Bar No. 2. The primary distinction between the bars was that one was known as the "blue-collar" bar and the other was the "white-collar" bar. Rumor has it that, at the end of the night, patrols from both bars would pour out into the street and start brawling.

Although the Old No. 1 takes its name from this history, we strive to satisfy a diverse range of customers - from college students to retired folk, drinkers to T-Totalers, blue collar and white collar workers, and even children (the owner has four under the age of eleven!)