Oldest parts of Nye's Polonaise saved, unclear what's going inside

Despite Thursday's news, you still might have to select a different establishment to get your polka dancing on. Developers announced the two oldest buildings that comprise Nye's Polonaise Room in northeast Minneapolis will be saved, but it's unclear what will be going inside.

Last month, Nye's owners announced the 65-year-old Polish polka and piano fixture would be closing, and on Thursday, owner Rob Jacobs confirmed the venue's two oldest buildings – each 100 years old -- will be saved an incorporated into "retail," which will sit next to a 29-story apartment tower. Jacobs is a partner in the development, along with Schafer Richardson.

The three-story building with the "Harness Shop" sign on top and a two-story building that goes around the corner will be salvaged, the Star Tribune reported. The project is being called 116 East Hennepin.

Plenty of nostalgia poured out from the community upon the announcement of the restaurant's closure, and Jacobs said the plans haven't been solidified regarding exactly what "retail" will be going into the old-meets-new development. Can retail mean a restaurant? Sure. Is Nye's saved? Time will tell.

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