Porky's Tribute Mural
Art installed at the corner of Lynnhurst and University Avenues in Saint Paul depicts the history of the area and evokes memories of Porky’s Drive-In Restaurant. Photo courtesy of MSP Home Tour.

PAM and Episcopal Homes Honor Porky’s

Recognize this place? This corner – the former site of St. Paul’s famed Porky’s Drive-In Restaurant – is once again bright with a one-of-a-kind photographic mural depicting the history of University Avenue.

For decades, Porky’s was a landmark in the Midway area of St. Paul. The legendary neon pig sign beckoned people of all ages to this popular hang-out that was a cruising destination for street rod lovers near and far. In 2011, Porky’s was moved to the Little Log House Pioneer Village near Hastings, and the Porky’s site has been developed into the Terrace at Iris Park, a new senior housing complex for Episcopal Homes.

Porky’s may be gone, but it is definitely not forgotten. The Preservation Alliance and Episcopal Homes worked together to install artwork that pays tribute to the drive-in and the car culture that shaped the look and feel of University Avenue for most of the twentieth century.

Click here to learn more about the history of University Avenue and Porky’s.