Twin Cities bar is closing after 34 years, and taking a strip mall with it

The owners of Moose Country in Lilydale say the bar has been sold to a developer.

What's happening?

Moose Country Whiskey & Food in Lilydale is closing after 34 years.

The bar made the announcement on its Facebook page Tuesday, saying it'll be holding a "Farewell Weekend Party" between Apr. 19-21.

"Big thanks to all of our loyal patrons and staff through the years!" it wrote. "It has always been our goal to provide a fun, casual drinking and dining atmosphere with late-night entertainment."

Why's it closing?

Because the bar and the adjoining strip mall, the River Bluffs Center, has been sold to a commercial real estate developer, according to the bar's post.

This developer, it says, intends to build residential properties on the land off Sibley Memorial Highway and I-35E.

The Pioneer Press reports the developer is Bloomington-based Lifestyle Communities, which builds multi-family and senior housing developments.

What about the strip mall?

It looks like its days are numbered.

It's owned by Moose Country owner Joe Schaefer, who told the Pioneer Press he's selling both to Lifestyle Communities.

The River Bluffs Center is home to more than a dozen businesses, including the Joke Joint Comedy Club, Parkview Cat Clinic, THAT Cooking School, and the Jingchu Land Chinese restaurant.

There no details yet on when strip mall tenants will have to get out.

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