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Lyn-Lake mainstay The Herkimer to close permanently

It will close its doors after 20 years.
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After 20 years in business, Lyn-Lake's The Herkimer Pub and Brewery will be closing for good this week.

The Lyndale Avenue pub has become the latest Twin Cities restaurant and bar to shutter in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that after 20 years, The Herkimer will be closing permanently at the end of June," the bar announced.

"We know The Herkimer has been a second home to SO many of us over the years, and we are extremely sad that our time with you is coming to an end. The industry is so uncertain right now and we’re simply unsure how we would be able to navigate these times with confidence, knowing there is so much more uncertainty to come. This has been a heartbreaking decision to make for our phenomenal guests and our fiercely loyal staff."

The bar said that even prior to the coronavirus outbreak, it was "increasingly apparent that the evolving character of the industry was becoming less able to sustain a neighborhood pub like us."

The pandemic has brought with it restrictions on dine-in services and while that's been lifted, capacity is still limited to 50 percent. Even so, the appetite among some for returning to bars and restaurants with the virus still out there has put further pressure on the restaurant industry.

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The Herkimer will be open for a final sendoff this Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. to midnight.

"We are, and always will be, eternally grateful to the wonderful people of the Twin Cities and the loyal Packer fans who saw us as much more than a beloved neighborhood bar in Lyn-Lake."

You can find a list of bars that have closed in the Twin Cities since the start of the pandemic here.

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