CC Club sold to French Meadow, but don't expect to find organic beer there
Hopefully the new owners bring back the old rockin' CD jukebox.
News that the French Meadow was on the cusp of buying the CC Club was the worst kept secret ever, and earlier this week, a source told City Pages that news of the sale would be announced to employees during a Wednesday afternoon staff meeting.
Yesterday, in hopes of confirming the sale before the meeting, we called Linda Rauen, one of the CC Club's three co-owners. Suffice it to say she wasn't interested in talking.
"I don't think it's any of your business whether we're having a staff meeting or not!" she snapped. "Stop calling!"
A day later, official word of the sale comes via a French Meadow press release:
January 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Prohibition - Followed by 78 years of the CC Club
The CC Club has been a part of the Minneapolis bar scene since the 1930's. After 28 years, owners Mo & Sharon Emard and Linda Rauen are selling the neighborhood cultural icon and retiring.
Owners of the neighboring French Meadow Bakery & Café, Lynn Gordon and Steve Shapiro, in a transaction to secure parking for their guests, are purchasing the Legendary CC Club and the coveted parking lot that adjoins French Meadow.
"We view the CC Club as a neighborhood landmark supported by a loyal clientele and a dedicated staff, some of whom have worked at the bar for over 30 years," shares French Meadow's Gordon. "We plan to maintain and continue the CC's traditions, and the best way we thought we could do this was to continue neighborhood ownership. This will assure that 26th and Lyndale remains the home to both these unique businesses."
In other words, the dive bar that inspired this timeless song will continue to anchor 26th and Lyndale:
Sometimes, change isn't good, especially when it could involve the closure of one of Minneapolis' most legendary bars. So we're glad to report that the CC will remain open for business and beers, even if we had to take some grief while trying to scoop the story a day early.
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