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Jax Cafe to close for months after discovery of structural damage

The restaurant is housed in a building that is more than 100 years old.

An historic Northeast Minneapolis restaurant will be closed for months after structural damage was discovered. 

Jax Cafe owner Bill Kozlak says the "recommended restoration will require all or part of the building to closed to public access for three to four months." 

"As architectural/engineering plans and city permits are put into motion we will have an updated timeline on when part or all of the restaurant will be able to resume business," Kozlak wrote on the restaurant website. "We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transitional period."

Jax Cafe is one of the longest-standing restaurants in the Twin Cities, having been located at the corner of University Avenue and 20th Avenue since 1933. But the building has been there even longer. 

The Kozlak family built the building in 1910 and used it for their furniture, hardware and funeral businesses, as well as a dance hall. It became Jax Cafe when prohibition ended in 1933. 

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