Nye's has been a fixture of the northeast Minneapolis bar scene for 65 years, even garnering national attention as "the best bar in America" in a 2006 issue of Esquire. Beloved for its time-capsule feel (nothing seems to have changed about the place since Al Nye opened its doors in 1950) and its authentic Polish flair, Nye's is a favorite local haunt of Nordeasters, old-timers, hipsters, karaoke hopefuls, polka fans, and every combination thereof. If last night's collective outcry on social media is any indication, the landmark restaurant will be sorely missed.
Rob Jacob, who co-owns the bar with his brother Tony, told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal that business has been lagging in the last few years and they've struggled to compete.
There is still plenty of time to get your Nye's fix, as the restaurant will likely stay open until late summer or early fall. The owners gave advance notice of the closure out of respect for their 35 employees, who are also members of the Local 17 of the Twin Cities Hospitality Union.
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