While O'Gara's Bar and Grill is reinventing itself with plans to reopen in 2020, the popular St. Paul Irish bar is doing one last act of good before its current building is torn down and replaced by an apartment building.
The owner of the bar, Dan O'Gara, announced on Facebook that bricks from the existing building will go on sale with all proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association.
"As we go through our rebuilding process, we have had at least a hundred requests on how to get a brick from the original O’Gara’s so that people can remember the good times and memories they have had there," the Facebook announcement says.
"How much is a memory worth? asks O'Gara.
"So many of us have felt the impact of a family member’s memory loss through Alzheimer’s Disease, so we thought that we would be able to tie in the memory of an O’Gara’s brick with a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association."
Details about when and how to buy a brick are coming soon, but O'Gara says they'll be available at Park Liquor, located next to O'Gara's at 140 Snelling Avenue North in St. Paul.
Each brick will come with a certificate of authenticity, certifying that buyers are in possession of a piece of the 77-year-old bar's history.
How much does a brick cost?
"Whatever the answer is to you, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in the form of a check or cash," says O'Gara.
Follow O'Gara's on Facebook for updates on when the bricks will be available.
O'Gara's will reopen in 2020 at the same intersection (Snelling and Selby) in St. Paul, although it'll be much smaller than it is now. More details here.