Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul closes

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A popular cafe in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul is closing its doors permanently in mid-January.

Black Dog Cafe made the announcement in a Facebook post Sunday.

According to its website, the cafe has offered food and drinks, live music, and a place for the community to gather for more than 20 years.

"We are grateful for each and every one of you that has walked through these doors," cafe employees said via the post. "We have loved you as best we could."

The owner of the cafe, Sara Remke says a combination of COVID-19 and a worker shortage led to the painful decision to close their doors

"To be honest, it’s pretty heartbreaking," Remke said. "We’ve loved it and we’ve had a lot of really great times here and met amazing people."

The cafe will have a final going-away party on Jan. 15.

Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and for reporter Joe Mazan’s coverage of this news Monday.