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Bye BoneYard: After less than a year, buzzed-about Uptown restaurant closing

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That was surprisingly short-lived.

BoneYard Kitchen & Bar, a Southern-themed Uptown Minneapolis restaurant that opened in March, is closing Dec. 24.

The good news for food lovers: BoneYard's chicken and waffles will be replaced with award-winning traditional Mexican fare.

The owner of Salsa A La Salsa is taking over the space through a partnership with Kaskaid Hospitality, which owns BoneYard and Crave, according to a post on BoneYard's Facebook page.

Salsa A La Salsa has locations at Midtown Global Market and Nicollet Avenue and will open its third location at BoneYard's 2481 Hennepin Ave. S. spot in January 2015.

“We are excited to bring Salsa A La Salsa to the Uptown area. We feel it is the perfect addition to the current profile of restaurants in the area serving primarily American fare,” Lorenzo Ariza, owner of Salsa A La Salsa, said in the post. “In addition to our award-winning menu, we will be offering an exciting, expanded cocktail and beverage program.”

Details on what Kaskaid and Ariza's partnership entails haven't been released.

BoneYard was popular for its patio with a retractable roof, which allowed for three seasons of outdoor dining, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal says. It was also a hit on Sundays for its "Sunday funday" bash, the Star Tribune reported in June.

Some social media users, though, weren't surprised to see BoneYard closing, mentioning disappointing menu changes, among other things.

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