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Last call for Irish bar making way for redevelopment

Ryan's Pub is one of several establishments making way for apartments.

What's happening?

Ryan's Pub, in Loring Park, Minneapolis, had its final call on Tuesday evening as it closed down for good.

The closure came quite suddenly, announcing a Happy Hour Hullaballoo event a day earlier that would be "incorporating Ryan's Pub's final call."

Why is it closing?

Ryan's Pub is one of several establishments that are affected by the upcoming redevelopment of the 1400 block of Nicollet Avenue.

We wrote about another impacted business a few weeks ago, Market Bar-B-Que, which is moving to new digs in northeast Minneapolis in the near future after being given its marching orders.

The Business Journal reports that as well as Market Bar-B-Que and Ryan's, Salsa a la Salsa, Asian Taste and Upper Cuts Barbershop will also be moving.

The block is being redeveloped into a 239-unit apartment building with 10,000 square feet of retail space, though the hope is that the current tenants can move back in once its done.

Ryan's Pub isn't likely to come back though according to CityPages, whose writer Jared Goyette also worked part-time at Ryan's, and said the bar had been struggling before news of its impending demolition broke.

It owed back liquor taxes, meaning it couldn't bring in new product, which in turn saw the bar running down what beer it had left in stock.

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