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Ike's Food and Cocktails closes in downtown Minneapolis

It still has locations in Bloomington and Minnetonka, as well as stadium and airport satellite locations.
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After initially closing for renovations, Ike's Food & Cocktails in downtown Minneapolis has closed for good.

The bar and restaurant has called 50 South 6th St. its home for 18 years, but that has come to an end despite initially suggesting that its New Year's Day closure was a temporary one.

"As of January 1st, our Minneapolis location will be closed for renovations," it posted on Facebook. "We apologize for the inconvenience, but can't wait to show you all the updated Ike's!"

Since then, mention of its downtown Minneapolis restaurant has been removed from its website, leaving Ike's with its other locations in Bloomington and Minnetonka, and satellite locations at MSP Airport and U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Star Tribune confirmed the closure, with owner Gene Winstead saying they couldn't reach a new rental agreement with the landlord, prompting the building owner to serve it with an eviction summons last week.

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He also told the newspaper that Ike's was a "small restaurant with a high overhead," making it tough to stay afloat.

January has seen a number of restaurant closures across the Twin Cities, a typical occurrence following the end of the tax year and the end of the busy festive season.

Other closures in Minneapolis include City Works in downtown, the Blackbird Cafe in Kingfield, the Red's Savoy in Uptown, and Sanctuary near the Guthrie Theater.

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