Nick and Eddie says goodbye this weekend

Another era passes through the Loring Park neighborhood. Nick and Eddie, the restaurant that has been an industry insider hangout, swank neighborhood joint, occasional ghost town and somewhat underground music venue is passing into that good night. Tomorrow it will host one final music show, and Sunday it will serve its last brunch. After that, the venue will darken, with the hopes of reopening under new ownership. Some of the Nick & Eddie crew will hopefully resurface in a nearby location, but there's no doubt it will never be the same.

The restaurant that was opened by a couple of industry vets, Jessica and Doug Anderson (formerly of A Rebours) and named for a New York institution of the '80s became part of a community and brought back the rock 'n' roll cool that had left when the Loring Bar closed. It's been the home of some experimental and awesome musical nights. It has also held memorial services, fundraisers for musicians, and was a spot where some L.A. transplanted natives would gather when back in town. This was the place to catch a glimpse of Nick Swardson and his crew of funny dudes, or members of Blondie while they were passing through town.

The problem may have been that it hasn't always been full. Despite fierce love and loyalty, the tables were sometimes empty. The bar staff was always friendly and quick with a drink. The food was fine to fantastic over the years, and perhaps when chef Derik Moran departed for the Dakota it was a death knell of sorts.

Tomorrow night the final show, aptly titled Fin, will be played by Thug Mansion All-Stars, the Cavalier Crooks, the Idle Hands, and more. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the cover is only $5.

Sunday will be the final brunch service, beginning at 10 a.m., and then it will be time to say goodbye. There are rumors that something new is on the horizon, but the owners aren't ready to go on record with anything yet. We wish them the best of luck and hope to see them resurface soon. 

The space they leave behind will likely live on as a new, urban Cafe Maude, and a new chapter will begin.

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