November 20, 2018 07:00 PM
The last bit of the 77-year-old O'Gara's building in St. Paul came down Monday.
But if you're feeling a little emotional about it, you can head right next door to Park Liquors. Not to drown your sorrows, but to pick up a piece of O'Gara's history for yourself.
That's where you can buy a brick from the original O'Gara's building and donate to helping preserve memories throughout the metro. All of the proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association.
"I'm glad people want a little piece of history but they also want to donate to a good cause," said Park Liquors owner, Chad Radenbaugh.
Radenbaugh estimates 400 bricks have already been sold in less than a week, equaling thousands of dollars in donations.
It's up to the buyer to set the price and it's up to the O'Gara family to keep the bricks coming.
"I had a woman from Forest Lake drive down on Friday," said Radenbaugh. "She's like, 'I need nine bricks!'"
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"My husband and I had our first date there," said St. Paul resident Nikki Klein as she bought a brick. "We just had our one year wedding anniversary on Sunday so this will be a nice surprise."
The historic bar and grill will be transformed into apartments and an updated O'Gara's set to re-open in 2020.
Updated: November 20, 2018 07:00 PM
Created: November 20, 2018 04:59 PM
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