Minneapolis dive bar Lee's Liquor Lounge in the North Loop is changing owners after 40 years. The new owner said he won't change much, but customers who prefer credit cards and patio sessions are in luck.
Owner Louis Sirian simply told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal that he's 80 and it's time to call it quits. He will be selling the bar to Craig Kruckeberg, a regular and also CEO of trucking accessory company Minimizer. The sale is pending a liquor license transfer by the city.
Kruckeberg added he was afraid someone would buy it an convert it into a parking lot or condos, so he's buying the 114-year-old building at 101 Glenwood Avenue. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but apparently he had inquired about the building after northeast polka bar Nye's Polonaise announced it would be closing up shop as well.
Kruckeberg said he'll start accepting credit cards as the bar was formerly cash only, and he'll increase marketing efforts, add staff and build a patio.
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