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Just a few months after opening, Biergarten Germania suddenly closes in St. Paul

It only opened fully in January.

It has only been open since winter, but Biergarten Germania is no more in St. Paul after closing abruptly in the past few days.

The German beer hall in Lowertown has closed its doors, while its Facebook page has been shut down and it's now listed as "permanently closed" on Google.

It's closure is all the more surprising given it's only been a fixture in St. Paul since late December, when it took over the former Golden Deli's space at 275 4th St. E.

There have been suggestions on social media, including by a former employee, that the restaurant had been having trouble keeping up with payments.

This has not been confirmed however, and our calls and messages to owner Kari Richtsmeier have not been returned – we shall update this post should we hear back from her.

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Biergarten Germania offered a wide range of craft and German beers on tap, as well as a German-influenced food menu that included schnitzels, bratwurst and curry fries.

Richtsmeier featured in the Pioneer Press just two weeks ago, telling the newspaper the next steps for her business was expanding the catering side and decorating the alleyway next to their unit.

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