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The infamous Dinkytown McDonald's has closed

The popular spot was more than just a fast food joint for U of M students.

It's the end of an area. 

The Dinkytown McDonald's closed at 4 p.m. Monday after 57 years near the University of Minnesota's campus to make way for a new development at the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast.

The popular spot among U of M students wasn't just another fast food place. It was a place where strangers became friends and made late-night memories while chowing down on greasy food – it was part of the college experience at the U. 

Former Go Radio DJ Dana Wessel put it the best: "A spot where myself – and every other person who attended the University of Minnesota – did some things they aren't proud of."

"It is a bummer we are in a pandemic. It would be fun to all meet up at the Dinkytown McDonald's and shotgun a beer together," he added. 

Although disappointing – and in 2020 nonetheless – the fast-food joint's closure wasn't unexpected. When it would close was unclear, however.

The McDonald's shut its doors for good ahead of construction of a new mixed-use development that is expected to begin in the summer of 2021 if it gets approval from the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Daily says

That development, which was approved by the Minneapolis Planning Commission in September, will sit on three-fourths of a block, prompting not only the McDonald's but also the building that houses Pizza Hut, Subway and TCF Bank to be demolished, the Minnesota Daily reported

There is hope, though. McDonald's is likely to return to the corner as it is expected to move into the bottom floor of the new development once it's complete. 

Over the past nearly 60 years, the Dinkytown McDonald's has a place in many Minnesotans' memories. Some have shared them on social media. Here's a sampling:

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