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Blow for the Iron Range as bar, coffeehouse is set to close down

The 218 Taphouse and Shop Coffeehouse will close for good on April 15.

Sad news for drinkers, diners and live music lovers in Minnesota's Iron Range, which is set to lose a bar and coffee house.

The 218 Taphouse and the adjoining Shop Coffeehouse will close its doors for good on April 15.

That's according to a post on the bar's Facebook page on Wednesday, which cited "unforeseen circumstances" as the reason for the business's impending closure.

"We would like to thank everyone for all their support over the last five years. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community, the musicians, the staff and our loyal patrons. 💕"

The Shop Coffeehouse was opened adjacent to the bar May 2013, providing a space for local artists, artisans and musicians to display their talents just off of Virginia's main drag.

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It converted a former menswear store into a working cafe and kitchen, adding a wood-fired grill to make Neapolitan-style pizzas, alongside a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and "loaded hash browns."

The loss of the 218 will be felt keenly among the Iron Range music scene.

Northland blogger Minnesota Brown wrote: "Artists performing original music don’t have as many places to play here on the Iron Range compared to Duluth or the Twin Cities. So losing this venue will hurt them economically, and hit fans looking for something beyond cover bands on Friday or Saturday nights."

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