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Published January 25, 2012, 09:50 PM

Whitey's Displaying Antique Slot Machines Confiscated in Sting

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - An iconic local restaurant is bringing back some nostalgic items from the 1930' and 40's.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - An iconic local restaurant is bringing back some nostalgic items from the 1930' and 40's.

That will include two slot machines that were confiscated after an alcohol and gaming sting in 2007.

The owner and manager of one of the oldest restaurants in East Grand Forks are dusting off some old items to show off.

"Whitey's has been such an institution in this community for so many years that people are really supportive and excited to have it back," general manager David Raymond said.

The restaurant opened in 1925 and, although it has gone through a lot of changes over the years, new owner Tim Bjerk wants to display some items from the 30's and 40's including two slot machines.

"We're going to put them on display for people to come see and enjoy," Bjerk said.

The slot machines were confiscated from the previous owner, but the slots were given back after it was decided they weren't used for gambling purposes. Now they will just be one of the items to bring back some memories.

"We've got an original napkin from the 30's era, we have a drink menu from back in the same era, we're going to put those on display with the slot machines," Bjerk said.

Bjerk took over the restaurant more than three months ago wanting to mix the old with the new and to give the restaurant a different kind of feel, which customers will get to see next month.

"We'll roll some of our prices back to that time to play along with the era," Bjerk said.

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