Just over a year after announcing plans to close Nye's Polonaise, the owners of the legendary Minneapolis bar have confirmed it will finally shut its doors this April.
In a posting on Facebook, the bar and restaurant on E. Hennepin Ave. confirmed that Sunday, April 3, will be its last night of operation, as it makes way for an apartment development.
Owners Tony and Rob Jacob originally announced in December 2014 they intended to close up in either the summer or fall of 2015, only to later push that date back to January 2016 following "overwhelming support" from customers.
January arrived and still no closure, but now it appears as though spring will see the curtain brought down on the Minneapolis institution, which opened in 1950 and in 2006 was named the "best bar in America" by Esquire magazine.
In 2014, Rob Jacob told MPR News that in recent years they had been "struggling to keep above water," saying the pair were subsidizing the business and though they kept going as long as they could, "we just can't do it anymore."
The Star Tribune reports that developers Schafer Richardson are closer to getting approval for the new building, which was scaled back from a 29-story tower following local objections, with construction expected to bring late spring/early summer and completed in summer 2017.
"It’s been nice to have to have these extra months for us and our patrons to say goodbye to the place," Rob Jacobs told the newspaper, "but it hasn’t gotten any easier in that time. It’s still very emotional for all of us."
The new development will see two of the historic Nye's buildings retained – the corner bar and the Harness Shop – but the distinctive triangular Polonaise room will be demolished.