Patrons often complain about rushed service at today's restaurant scene, but visitors at Primebar allegedly had to pay their tabs and leave on Sunday night as the American ale house abruptly closed its doors.
The chain, owned by Restaurants America, opened at the corner of Hennepin and Lake in Uptown last summer. Happy hour specials and large portions and comfortable, sporty atmosphere were touted as some of the venue's strengths, but negative reviews also poured in. Now, eviction rumors are circulating despite Primebar's polite Facebook goodbye posted on Monday afternoon:
"To our loyal guests: Unfortunately, we had to close our doors yesterday. We're sorry to say goodbye, and thank you all for your loyalty. We hope our paths cross again in the future."
Happy hour is a burgeoning activity in Uptown. Stella's Fish Cafe, William's Pub, Uptown Cafeteria, Bar Louie and Chino Latino all lend a relaxed urban vibe, but as bar culture continues to evolve, businesses have to adapt and cater to an often finicky audience.
Primebar opened last summer in the Hennepin and Lake corner previously vacated by Il Gatto and Figlio.