Various news organizations are reporting that St. Anthony Main's classic pub Pracna on Main has closed its doors. If our unanswered phone calls and their broken website are any confirmation, it will be the second restaurant to have closed already this year, just one week into 2015.
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While many simply thought of it as a place to grab a quick repast before a show at the adjacent St. Anthony Main movie theater (they served up serviceable burgers, soups, sammies, and other American fare along with a behemoth Bloody Mary), the edifice went up before the surrounding mall, in 1890 -- St. Anthony's cobblestone Main Street is also the oldest street in Minneapolis -- making it the oldest bar in town.
While the original charm was a bit difficult to see beyond the labyrinthine tunnels of the structure that housed it, Pracna's original antique tin ceiling, exposed brick walls, and cozy, diminutive room still exuded classic appeal if you took a moment to really look.
On New Year's Eve we spotted a number of diners of a certain age who seemed to be taking in that charm, choosing Pracna as their place to celebrate with an early end-of-the-year dinner. The social media sphere also seems filled with lament -- and a little snark:
Now that the Twin Cities are awash in a hundred new and shiny eating and drinking establishments to choose from, will it mean the demise of yet more grand dames like this one, Nye's Polonaise Room, and even more recent classics like Solera?
Only the coming weeks will tell.
UPDATE: CBS Minnesota has reported that Pracna on Main will reopen in the spring after remodeling. And, those of us who like it for imbibing before a film are in luck: bar service will expand into St. Anthony Main Theatre.
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