Lowertown favorite Kelly's announces closing date

The beloved family-owned bar and grill was sold to developers last year.
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Mark April 30th, 2019 on your calendars — because it's the end of an era in St. Paul's Lowertown.

Kelly's Depot Bar, which has been a fixture of the neighborhood for about 30 years, has announced it'll be closing for good on that day:

The closure has actually been on the radar since last year, when the property was sold to developers planning a 7-story, 90-unit apartment building, the Pioneer Press notes.

Kelly's was opened in 1989 by John Kelly, Sr., and stayed in the family even after his death in 2013, the Twin Cities Eater writes.

As the site points out, the little dive bar is one of the only things that hasn't changed in the rapidly developing Lowertown, which "would be unrecognizable to a person from the late 80s."

Interestingly, Kelly's played a role in Minnesota movie history (though admittedly not in the same league as "Fargo"). As Twin Cities Agenda notes, it served as a shooting location for the 2005 film Factotum, starring Matt Dillon as a fictionalized Charles Bukowski. 

In fact, the site says, it's "one of the first bars" that Matt Dillion’s character walks into for a drink, "when he should instead be working his menial, blue collar job..."

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