Stillwater bar with prominent patio closes after 3 years

Lion's Tavern is permanently closed, its owners have announced.
Publish date:
Screen Shot 2019-07-26 at 12.29.06 PM

Three years after moving into a larger spot in downtown Stillwater, the Lion's Tavern has closed for good.

What was then called Lion's Main moved into the larger premises at 324 Main Street in 2016, taking over the space that was formerly the Shanghai Bistro and giving itself a new name in the process.

But the journey has come to an end for the bar and its 250-capacity patio, which announced on its website that it is now closed.

"It is with the utmost sadness to inform you that Lion’s Tavern is permanently closed," it said.

"We want to thank our incredible and hardworking staff, along with all the wonderful customers that supported us. We are incredibly proud of the experience we provided to our guests and the memories that were made here."

The restaurant and bar is housed towards the rear of the Grand Garage building that also houses The Tilted Tiki Tropical Bar, which fronts onto Stillwater's main thoroughfare.

The Lion's Tavern was owned by the Najarian family, which also owns another popular Stillwater spot, Nelson's Ice Cream.

Follow Bring Me The News on Instagram

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.


Bar in Hudson closes abruptly after five years

Stone Tap made the announcement on Thursday.

Caribbean Smokehouse Stillwater

Stillwater restaurant says its temporary closure is now permanent

Caribbean Smokehouse closed in November, and won't be re-opening.

The Draft Horse is closing after 3 years in Northeast Minneapolis

The Food Building has decided to open its own eatery and bar.

Screen Shot 2020-03-06 at 10.31.25 AM

Five years after it closed, Galaxy Drive In set to re-open

The owner of the St. Louis Park restaurant has been waiting for the right moment to bring it back.

Twin Cities bar is closing after 34 years, and taking a strip mall with it

The owners of Moose Country in Lilydale say the bar has been sold to a developer.

Rudolph's Bar-B-Que closes after 43 years in Minneapolis

The restaurant shut its doors for good on Thursday.

Screen Shot 2019-10-10 at 9.21.46 AM

Popular Asian restaurant in St. Paul to close after more than 20 years

The owner of the University Avenue restaurant has decided to retire.