It’s the end of an era and an institution.
Word came Monday that one of Minneapolis’ last mid-century monuments will soon become extinct. The owners of Nye’s Polonaise Room along East Hennepin Avenue announced the iconic bar and restaurant will close its doors next summer.
Owners Rob and Tony Jacob told the Star Tribune the decision to close up shop was difficult and came down to money. “For us to change anything, it wouldn’t have been Nye’s. That’s one thing we didn’t want to do was to make a drastic change so that people would say, ‘Geez, Nye’s has changed,’ and it would have taken that,” Jacob told the Star Tribune.
Social media lit up Monday night with a great hue and cry of shock, disbelief, and nostalgic memories of the kitschy night/supperclub. If perhaps people had funneled their alleged allegiance to the beloved institution into more regular visits, perhaps it wouldn’t need to close its doors.
— Stephanie Hansen (@weeklydish) December 2, 2014