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Stillwater bids farewell to beloved Brine's Bar and Restaurant

Wednesday was the last call at Brine's Bar and Restaurant.
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It's the end of an era in Stillwater on Wednesday night, as Brine's Bar & Restaurant shuts its doors for the final time.

The bar is part of the family-owned Brine's company that started as a meat market on Stillwater Main Street in 1958.

It moved to its current premises at 219 South Main Street in 1974, with the meat market growing to eventually incorporate the restaurant and bar.

The market moved to the outskirts of Stillwater in 1991 where it still resides, but the bar stayed on Main Street, until Wednesday.

In a post on Facebook, Brine's encouraged local drinkers to say "'Farewell' to an old friend," with drink specials running up to 11 p.m. before it closes for good at midnight.

"But don't fret, you can always come say hello to Brine's Family and fans at Brine's Market, where we will continue to serve the St. Croix Valley!" it adds.

The Pioneer Press reports that current manager Gerry Brine is retiring at the end of February, and nobody else wants to run the restaurant or bar despite it having one of its best winters on record.

The building is now available to rent or buy, with the Brines expecting a similar business to move into the space, the newspaper notes.

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