After 72 years in downtown Minneapolis, Market Bar-B-Que is moving

The restaurant makes its meats in a wood-fired brick oven.

What's happening?

Market Bar-B-Que, which has resided in downtown Minneapolis for 7 decades, has announced it's moving home.

The family-owned barbecue and rib joint, which also has a food truck that operates in the Twin Cities, has been downtown since 1946.

But that run is coming to an end, as it will soon move from its 1414 Nicollet Avenue location, near the Minneapolis Convention Center 

Why is it moving and to where?

Father and son owners Steve and Anthony Polski say that their block is due to be redeveloped, forcing it to find a new home.

It'll mean an end to its time in downtown Minneapolis, with the Polski family looking to move to a new location in Northeast Minneapolis in late 2018.

This, it says will enable it to "better serve its younger and growing customer base."

The location of the new restaurant hasn't been revealed yet, but the Polskis say much of the decor and equipment from their existing eatery will be coming with them.

They're also working on new barbecue items for the new site.

Between now and the end of the year, Market Bar-B-Que says it'll be holding several "customer appreciation events" in its downtown location "to celebrate all of the good times and traditions."

The restaurant is the only barbecue joint in town that smokes all its meats exclusively over wood in a brick pit, according to the Food Network, whose barbecue expert Gina Neely paid a visit to the restaurant and declared it "Mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm etc.."

Here's a look at how the restaurant makes its food.

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