Keegan's Irish Pub in Minneapolis to close for good

The pub cited challenges due to COVID-19.
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Keegan’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis is the latest Twin Cities establishment to shut its doors in the face of COVID-19.

The Northeast Minneapolis pub announced on Twitter Monday that it would close Tuesday at 10 p.m.

“We can no longer sustain operations due to the recent pandemic related to COVID. We want to thank all of our patrons that have supported us over the last 18 years. Without your loyalty we wouldn’t have made it almost two decades,” the pub wrote on Twitter.

Keegan’s Irish pub originally opened in 2002 and values an authentic feel, according to its website. The pub was originally designed in Ireland and then transported to Minneapolis and constructed by Irish craftsmen.

Its closure is the latest related to COVID-19 in the Twin Cities, with The Herkimer in Minneapolis ending operations last week.

Restaurants were among the hardest hit businesses during Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home order, having been limited to takeout and delivery services. Even with looser restrictions currently in place, they’re still limited to 50 percent dine-in capacity.

The potential for restrictions being loosened even further looks a more unlikely prospect given what's happening in southern states, where the reopening of economies in the likes of Texas, Arizona, and Florida have resulted in huge spikes in virus cases.

Read a complete list of Twin Cities bars and restaurants that have closed here.

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