Pracna on Main – 'oldest restaurant on oldest street' in Minneapolis – goes dark


Disappointed would-be customers of Pracna on Main found the historic Minneapolis restaurant closed Tuesday, perhaps for good.

No announcement of a closing was found on the restaurant's web page, Facebook page, or Twitter feed because those had all shut down, as well.

The restaurant was founded in 1890 on the cobblestone street that faces the Falls of St. Anthony, Minneapolis' birthplace.

Many customers have admired the view of the Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline behind it from the summer patio at Pracna on Main. The restaurant was Exhibit A when USA Today named Main Street one of the prettiest cobblestone streets in America last fall.

St. Anthony was a separate city until it was absorbed by Minneapolis in 1872. Its riverfront business district became the basis of the dining and entertainment complex St. Anthony Main, which was founded in the 1980s.

The sudden closing of Pracna on Main would be a contrast to the long advance notice provided by owners of Nye's Polonaise Room, another landmark bar and restaurant in the neighborhood that will close later this year.

According to the Minneapolis Eater website, Pracna owners were offering guests free cider Monday night in what may have been a farewell toast.

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