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The times they are a-changin': Dylan tribute restaurant closes

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A restaurant devoted to Bob Dylan in his hometown of Hibbing has closed its doors.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Zimmy’s, known for its collection of memorabilia related to Bob Zimmerman — otherwise known as Bob Dylan – closed Thursday night.

Zimmy's website reads, "Dear Friends and Customers: We are sad to announce that Zimmy’s is forced to close. We hope that this condition is only temporary as we seek a solution that will allow us to re-open as quickly as possible so that we can continue to serve you. Thank you for all of your loyalty and friendship over the past 30 years."

The Northland's News Center reported that the business got tangled up in tax debt, which led to its liquor license being pulled earlier this year.

“We lost our liquor license in January, and without a license in Hibbing you can’t cover certain costs," said executive chef Audrey Johnson.

The restaurant includes a Bob Dylan Lounge and Bob Dylan Gift Shop and has been a main venue for the annual Dylan Days celebration in the Iron Range community. It is held annually in connection with Dylan's May 24th birthday.

"In Zimmy’s, we’ve lost another arts venue and the only serious celebration of the most famous and influential musician to ever come from the Iron Range," writes discouraged Iron Range blogger Aaron Brown, who cites the closure as evidence that a stronger economic climate in the region is not translating into Main Street sustainability.

"As robust as the iron mining industry might be right now, the economic transfer of rocks on the edge of town is not trickling into the towns the way it did 80 years ago," he writes. "Population loss, social stratification, and a failure to generate alternative ways to use downtown business space caused this, and will cause more damage yet if unabated."

Executive Chef Audrey Johnson said Zimmy’s could come back. The Zimmy’s Facebook page reiterates the message posted on the restaurant's home page that states the management hopes to reopen.

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