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Babalu closes after 5 years

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After more than five years on Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis, Babalu has closed (though its website, for now, lives on). The restaurant and bar with spicy Latin food and fruity cocktails was part of the resurgence of the North Loop area on the edge of downtown, but apparently residents of the nearby condos failed to keep the place afloat.

Along with some of the Cities' best mojitos and capirhinas, Babalu offered a fun, relaxing yet classy atomosphere. Also missed will be Babalu's salsa nights, where liquor flowed freely and dancing still remained civilized.