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Restaurateur Ken Johnson Celebrates 40 Years of Business in the Heart of Edina Serving Comfort Classics

October 14 Anniversary celebration will commemorate great food and great memories at the Pantry, the Eden Avenue Grill and the Hilltop


October 4, 2018

Edina, MN (October 3, 2018) -- An Edina treasure, The Hilltop announced today plans for a celebration of its 40th year of serving comfort foods in a friendly atmosphere.

Opened in 1978 by founder Ken Johnson, The Hilltop has changed over the years but its dedication to good food and good times has not wavered. Opened first as The Pantry and later, the Eden Avenue Grill, Johnson and his son Brett remain dedicated to keeping the eatery a local landmark.

"Our goal all along has been to be a friendly neighborhood establishment where people can eat good food and feel at home," said Ken Johnson. "Our look and our name have changed a few times over the years, but our vision has never changed."

To commemorate 40 years in business, The Hilltop will host a special 40thAnniversary celebration on Sunday, October 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. This outdoor celebration will happen rain or shine and include live music and games.

"This event gives us a chance to bring all of our loyal customers together and say thank you," said Ken Johnson. "Without the loyalty of our customers we aren't celebrating this type of milestone."

Brett Johnson said that it is good to take a moment and pause to think about how monumental a 40-year run is.

"All of this has happened because of my dad and the way he has lead this business by example," said Brett. "To be around in this business after 40 years is a testament to the way he treats people and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done."

Brett also points to the longevity of some of The Hilltop's staff including chef Bruce Bjorkman who has been at the restaurant for all 40 years.

"That is almost unheard of in this industry," said Brett. "We've evolved into being the "Cheers" like atmosphere of Edina, where everybody knows your name and knows what you like to eat and drink."

40thAnniversary Celebration At-A-Glance:

What: 40th Anniversary of Edina Restaurateur Ken Johnson and The Hilltop Restaurant

Where: Hilltop Restaurant, 5101 Arcadia Ave Edina, MN 55436

When: Sunday, Oct 14th 5 to 8 p.m. (rain or shine)

Who: Loyal customers, all former staff-family & friends of Ken Johnson

Tickets are available for $20 and includes a sandwich, drink and live music. Please visit for more

About The Hilltop:

Owned and operated by father-son duo Ken and Brett Johnson, the Hilltop's has a long history in the heart of Edina-one that extends past its long run as the Eden Avenue Grill and the Pantry, which was opened by Ken in 1978. Over the years the Johnsons have put a modern twist on the place, but they still believe in comfort-food classics and old-fashioned hospitality. For more information go to


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