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The Happy Gnome to close after 14 years in St. Paul

The Selby Avenue bar was a driving force in the craft beer movement.

After 14 years plying its trade on St. Paul's Selby Avenue, The Happy Gnome will close its doors.

The gastropub announced on its social media pages Monday that it has decided against renewing its lease at 498 Selby, and will close at last orders this Sunday.

"Thank you for 14 wonderful years of memories," the bar wrote. "Please stop by this week for one more pint with us!"

Founded in 2006, the bar became a hot spot for the burgeoning craft beer movement owing to its 90-plus taps on premises.

It was a point of the pride that its tap list was "exclusively domestic craft and quality import."

The Growler Magazine described The Happy Gnome as an "early local champion of elevating beer from a humble bar drink to a beverage on par with wine that could accentuate the flavors of food."

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