Mandina's Sports Bar is owned & operated by Mandina's Reality LLC which consist of Charlie Mandina and his wife, Lisa. Mandina's is located in the area formerly known as "The Village of North St. Louis," which was established in 1816 and is now known simply as
"Old North St. Louis."
Mandina's opened it's doors in August of 2008 after a 3 year extensive renovation period. The building was previously home to "Melody's" until the owner passed away. Melody's had been a staple to the Old North St. Louis community since the early 70's, and since both Charlie & Lisa grew up in the area, they wanted to see that history continue and to be a vital part of such.
Charles & Lisa both have "long and strong ties" to the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. Not only were they raised in the area, but their families have ties to the neighborhood including the very building that houses Mandina's Sports Bar! Both recall riding their bicycles around, playing softball in nearby lots and streets, or just mingling with their friends in the area. Charles grandmother would gather with her friends and family at Melody's, and celebrate her favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day! Lisa's mother once bartended at Melody's as well! To say the building houses some family history and memories is an understatement!
Old North St. Louis has always been a low to middle class neighborhood. At one time it had a vibrant, booming mall which housed many retail stores. The old business district on North 14th Street was then converted to a "Pedestrian Mall" in 1977; an urban planning experiment that failed miserably.
After nearly three decades of deterioration and abandonment, the former mall area is in the midst of some exciting transformations and improvements. Some of the businesses which have persevered and remained here are Crown Candy Kitchen (established in 1913) and Marx Hardware (established in 1875). Mandina's hopes to join these businesses in revitalizing the Old North St. Louis neighborhood!
Mandina's Sports Bar is a neighborhood bar & grill which boasts cold drinks, simple but delicious menu items, and friendly bartenders who remember your name and choice beverages! We welcome your next party or special event!