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GoFundMe aims to keep Mickey's Diner in downtown St. Paul open

The iconic St. Paul eatery suspended all service earlier this month.
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A GoFundMe has been created to raise money for the iconic Mickey’s Diner in downtown St. Paul, which is currently closed amid the pandemic.

The fundraiser, created last week, aims to help keep Mickey's afloat during COVID-19 lockdowns. It had raised around $1,700 of its $50,000 goal as of Wednesday. 

“Please consider supporting the continuing efforts of this local, national and historic landmark to keep its sign glowing over St Paul now and for the future,” the GoFundMe’s creator, Bert Mattson wrote.

Mickey’s Diner, a 24/7 staple in the area since 1939, first closed in March as the state entered a Stay at Home order that prohibited dine-in service.

The diner later opened for take-out at its window and put safety measures in place to accommodate limited in-person dining when state guidelines allowed for it.

Earlier this month, Mickey’s Diner announced on its Facebook page that it would close for all service, including take-out, ahead of what will be an unpredictable season without typical downtown holiday attractions.

“We were hoping to expand hours, but the second shutdown has caused us to reconsider," the post read. "We’ve made the difficult decision to again suspend service. It pains us that we won’t be there for our loyal customers, downtown neighbors and regulars. We look forward to seeing and serving you shortly." 

Mickey's is the latest restaurant to turn to fundraising in hopes of staying afloat during the pandemic, which has forced dozens of establishments in Minnesota to close for good

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