Citing Minimum Wage Change, Owner says Whiskey Junction to Close

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The Whiskey Junction

November 30, 2017 02:13 PM

Citing the minimum wage increase approved by the Minneapolis City Council in June, the owner of The Whiskey Junction blues bar in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood announced the joint will shut its doors at the end of the year.

Owner Tom O'Shea announced the decision in a Facebook post Tuesday. He cited the changes to the Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance and the lack of a tip credit provision as reasons, saying the city didn't heed his and others' warnings about how the changes would affect small bars and restaurants.

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"I wish to thank our wonderful staff and customers who have been friends and family throughout the years," O'Shea's post reads. "YOU are what brought us back every day and made working fun! We truly couldn't have done it without you, and we will miss you all."

The building on Cedar Avenue has housed a bar since it went up in 1886, according to the bar's website. It became a music and blues-centric bar in 1984 when it was sold to Gary Mackenzie. 

An "It ain't over yet let's party" show has been scheduled for Dec. 29. The bar's Facebook page bills it as a party "to send the Whiskey to rocknroll (sic) heaven." The free show will feature The One Hit Wonders-Minneapolis, Fuzzy Machete, Vibe Corp. and Dry Ice. 
 

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