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Closed for months, iconic Richfield bar Sandy's Tavern is coming back

It's been a local fixture for 86 years.

A piece of Richfield history is making a comeback.

Sandy's Tavern, a longstanding pub known for its burgers and unpretentious atmosphere, will be reopening in the next couple of weeks.

The bar, which was put up for sale by its longtime owners last year and seems to have been purchased by new owners over the summer, has been shuttered since September. 

This came with a Facebook post that announced the bar would be "TEMPORARILY closed for a few days":

But the days passed, and further updates made clear that the closure would be indefinite while the new owners made renovations and got licenses from the city:

Now, with word that Sandy's will be reopening, the inevitable question: will it be the Sandy's everyone knows and loves?

The answer seems to be a resounding yes, according to a social media announcement from Twin Cities restaurateur Matty O'Reilly:

O'Reilly, known for such eateries as Republic and Red River Kitchen, says the new owners have brought him on as a manager — and that he plans on "doing my best to preserve the legacy of this amazing place that has stood the test of time."

He promises that the menu isn't changing and that "the charm will remain."

What's more, "90% of the staff is staying on board."

According to his post, Sandy's Tavern first opened in 1933. 

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