Historic pavilion at Bde Maka Ska to be torn down after fire

The decision comes after Lola on the Lake burned down on Thursday.
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Minneapolis park officials have decided to completely demolish the building occupied by Lola on the Lake, the Bde Maka Ska food stand that burned down this week. 

Though the pavilion itself was initially not believed to be a total loss, a structural engineer has determined it can't be saved, according to a Friday news release from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

"We are devastated by the loss of such an iconic feature along the lake," Minneapolis parks Superintendent Al Bangoura said in a statement. "As difficult a decision as it is, removing the structure is the right thing to do and will allow us to rise out of this and begin moving forward."

The cause of the fire that consumed the building — which also housed restrooms — is still under investigation; however, there is speculation that it may have been caused by lightning. 

Meanwhile, Lola on the Lake owner Louis King is exploring options that would allow him to keep serving lakeside food, including bringing in food trucks

He's also working with other businesses to find work for Lola on the Lake's employees, he told MPR.  

Lola replaced Tin Fish in 2018. The pavilion dates back to 1930 and has operated as a food stand for over 30 years. 

Though construction barriers and demolition work will likely dominate the scene for a while, the nearby fishing docks are still open, and park officials say the boat launch will reopen Sunday, followed by the bike and boat rentals on Monday. 

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