We received two reader tips today that the beloved late-night sandwich institution is indeed closed, after reports a couple of months ago about closing rumors, spotty hours, and strange "sorry, we're closed" signage on the door that was later said to be just temporary.
But none so strange as this signage, below, indicating that they've been evicted. Phone calls are met with a busy signal. So, we're back to mourning the demise of the Blue Cow, that steaky cult favorite that's got sandwich sleuths shedding tears, pounding desks, and bellowing to reporters today.
Sorry, sammie lovers. This ain't your day.
It's been a particularly tumultuous time for that busy street corner on Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue in the recent past, especially for people looking to get something to eat or drink after midnight. Country Bar, the rowdy next-door neighbor to Caffrey's, shut down in spring 2014 — though it's now due to reopen under new ownership — and Falafel King closed its mainstay location months later, though it still has another spot open in Calhoun Village.
Across the street, Cause, a music and drinks venue, also closed in 2014. That one, at least, had a ready replacement in the new Iron Door Pub sports bar.
[UPDATE]: Bryan Jones, the building owner, confirmed that Caffrey's is indeed closed, and that there is “an action against them.” He hasn’t had any recent contact with the restaurant owner, and added that it seems like they haven’t been around for about a month.