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St. Paul's Muddy Pig closes at short notice, citing financial woes

Its Minneapolis sister bar, Pig and Fiddle, closed last year.

Citing the financial difficulties that have claimed other St. Paul venues in recent weeks, the Muddy Pig shut down on short notice on Tuesday.

The bar on Dale Street North made the announcement "with very sad hearts" on its social media accounts that Tuesday would be its last night in business.

"Like many recent closings, it has been tough times financially for small independents like the Muddy Pig," it said on Facebook.

"We gave it a good run for 16 years and created many wonderful memories for St. Paul. There have been amazing people inside the place through out the years. We love you!!!!"

It's the latest in a flurry of bar/restaurant shutdowns in St. Paul.

Ward 6, in the Eastside neighborhood, announced its closure last week, a few days after Selby Avenue's Fabulous Fern's did the same.

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The Muddy Pig's closure comes almost a year to the day its sister bar in Minneapolis, The Pig and Fiddle in the Fulton neighborhood, closed its doors.

The Muddy Pig styled itself as the "original" craft beer bar in the Twin Cities, getting ahead of the craft beer trend, with owners Mark Van Wie and Paul Schatz opening in June 2002 with dozens of rotating taps.

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