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Planned closure of Nye's Polonaise pushed back to January


Good news for fans of Nye's Polonaise Room.

The owners of the famous Minneapolis bar and restaurant have postponed its closure, originally scheduled for the end of summer, to at least January.

"Due to the overwhelming support of our dedicated customers, we have decided to extend our closing of Nye's until January 2016," Rob and Tony Jacob announced on the bar's Facebook page.

The Jacobs revealed in December they planned to close the Nordeast institution by the end of summer, saying that they had been struggling to keep the business afloat in recent years, despite it being named the "Best Bar in America" by Esquire in 2006.

The announcement didn't go down well with Nye's fans, who have since flocked to the establishment to bid it farewell – with even the Minnesota Twins holding a goodbye bash for the bar outside of Target Field last month.

A proposal to redevelop the Nye's site was put forward following the December announcement, with plans to build a 29-story apartment tower on the lot, which would retain some of the original Nye's building.

The Star Tribune notes it comes a day after the Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Association pulled its support for the redevelopment project – but the Jacobs insist this did not factor in the decision to postpone the bar's closure.

The bar also still intends to hold its "Farewell to Nye's" bash on the weekend of August 22-23.

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