As new hotel opens across the street, Arby's closes in Uptown

People are pretty bummed about it.

Efforts to make Uptown Minneapolis unrecognizable from what it once was continue this week, and it's a case of out with the old, in with the new.

Firstly, the old: It's emerged that the Sunday service at Arby's on Lake Street was its last, as Lowry Hill East news site Wedge Live and CityPages have confirmed.

People are pretty bummed about it too, because while the invasion of chain stores and restaurants in Uptown has been a cause of moaning in recent years, Arby's was different.

Even if you've never eaten there, its famous neon sign is a local landmark, and it continues to evoke waves of nostalgia among anyone who has called Uptown home in the past (or been drunk there).

It had initially managed to withstand the gentrification of Uptown even when others fell.

That brings us to the new, as the Arby's closure comes in the same week that a hotel opens across the street, the Moxy Minneapolis at Emerson and Lake (no word on Palmer).

The six-story, 125-bedroom hotel, part of the Marriott International hotel group and owned by local Graves Hospitality, is targeted at "modern fun-hunting travelers with its spirit, style and affordable price point," according to a press release.

Unfortunately for hotel guests, they won't be able to pop across the street for some curly fries.

But while it's gone, there is at the very least interest in saving Arby's iconic sign, not least from former Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges, who suggests it might be worth someone submitting a Heritage Preservation Commission application to protect it.

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