Bar Abilene unexpectedly closes its doors after 16 years in Uptown
Sometime after bar close on Sunday, Bar Abilene, a 16-year fixture of the Uptown bar scene, abruptly closed its doors for good.
A sign currently posted outside the bar reads, "Old Cowboys never die, they just keep moving on."
Why Bar Abilene's owners have decided to move on isn't clear. The sign thanks employees, vendors, and customers for their loyalty, but gives no further details. The owners also took to social media to announce the closing.
Thank you uptown! We love you and will miss you! #mpls
— Bar Abilene (@BarAbilene) September 1, 2014
Bar Abilene was known for its tapas, Tex Mex fare, $5 bottomless mimosas and $5 bloody Mary bar, and for having one of the only dance floors in Uptown. The area has seen an influx of new restaurants in the last year, namely Hammer & Sickle next door, Coup d'Etat across the street, Tim McKee's newly opened Libertine just a block away, and Boneyard Kitchen and Bar around the corner on Hennepin.
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