MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The bar stools, the tables, the decor, and even the toilet seats all must go, as the owners of Nye’s Polonaise clear out 67 years of memories to make room for six floors of apartments.
“Either it’s going to go in the dumpster or someone can have a piece of it,” Greg Christian, co-owner of auctionmasters.com, said. “The place has to be emptied before the demolition team comes in. If the demolition team comes in it will get crushed.”
When online bidding opened Monday, some items started at $2, while others started at $500.
Once named the “best bar in America” by Esquire magazine, the piano bar and polka lounge was a mainstay in Minneapolis’ northeast neighborhood, driving what auctionmasters.com says is one of their most popular sales yet.
“We’ve never had this kind of interest for an auction, it is wild,” Christian said.
It’s so wild, that on its last weekend some people were trying to take their memories with them.
“They caught a woman going down the street with a chair so they got that back in here,” Christian said. “And then I got a call on Monday and this woman said ‘I’m sorry, I had too much fun, I took home a piece of the bar.’ They felt bad and wanted to return it.”
The auction closes on April 18. Everyone who wins an item must come the next day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to claim it. For more information, and to see the items up for auction, click here.