Muddy Pig closes suddenly

Bye-bye, Muddy Pig!

Bye-bye, Muddy Pig! Matthew Hintz/Star Tribune

The erstwhile Pig's Eye is losing its Muddy Pig. 

The beloved St. Paul beer bar announced Tuesday that it's closing up shop -- and fast! Opened in 2002 by Mark van Wie and Paul Schatz, the Muddy Pig helped pioneer the local craft-beer scene with is sprawling, expertly curated list of globe-spanning suds. And now, it seems, tonight will be the final night at the Pig, a gastropub that won City Pages' Best Neighborhood Bar prize in 2017.

The sad proof's in the sad tweetin': 

That'll do, Pig. That'll do. 

In other departed restaurant news: Two St. Paul spots -- Fabulous Fern's and Ward 6 -- announced last week they'll be closing. Pig & Fiddle -- Muddy Pig's sister bar at 50th & France in Minneapolis -- shuttered last year.