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Drinkers' dismay as Lee's Liquor Lounge announces it'll close

The saloon is an apparent victim of the Southwest Light Rail project.
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After 62 years serving drinkers in Minneapolis, Lee's Liquor Lounge will call time next month.

The classic watering hole at 101 Glenwood Ave. N., a stone's throw from Target Field, has been a fixture of the Minneapolis bar scene since opening its doors in 1957.

But that will come to an end next month, with the Star Tribune reporting the "blue-collar corner bar-turned hipster hangout" will have its last day on May 14.

The reason? The saloon is losing the use of its parking lot, which it was allowed to use with the agreement of Minneapolis City Council but will now form part of the staging areas for the construction of the Southwest Light Rail extension project.

Lee's Liquor Lounge last changed hands in 2015, when it was bought by Craig Kruckeberg, a native of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, who was determined not to let the historic bar go the same way as Nye's Polonaise Room.

It's not clear at this stage what will happen to the Lee's property.

Those looking to bid farewell can go and watch the final musical performer at the lounge, Dale Watson, who will play the bar on May 12 and 14.

Fans have been lamenting the demise of the bar on social media.

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