The owners of Zimmy's, a Bob Dylan-themed restaurant in Hibbing, Minnesota where Dylan grew up announced on Thursday that they would be closing after 30 years of business. The announcement follows months of struggles with tax delinquency, which led to the loss of Zimmy's liquor license. Though they initially tried to stay afloat by adding a delivery service, specialty coffees, and breakfast items, it wasn't enough.
"It is true, we had to close our doors today," chef Audrey Johnson told Duluth News Tribune. "We lost our liquor license in January, and without a license in Hibbing you can't cover certain costs. ... Having the license attracts a lot of customers."
Zimmy's, after Dylan's real name, Robert Zimmerman, was home to a Bob Dylan lounge and gift shop and served as one of the main venues for the town's annual Dylan Days.
"The hardest part about losing this place is that it's the only place that honors Bob Dylan and does so loudly," Johnson said to the Hibbing Daily Tribune.
Zimmy's was owned by Linda and Bob Hocking and employed upwards of a dozen part- and full-time workers.
"We hope that this condition is only temporary as we seek a solution that will allow us to re-open as quickly as possible so that we can continue to serve you," the owners wrote on Facebook.
Fans of the restaurant are already trying to put on a benefit show to raise funds for a reopening. Another Facebook commenter proposed that a benefit show should be put on for "the employees who did not receive their last few weeks paychecks."