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Embattled bar in Lowry Hill neighborhood facing eviction proceedings even before it has opened

Embattled bar in Lowry Hill neighborhood facing eviction proceedings even before it has opened Photo: KSTP

June 19, 2019 06:14 AM

Court records show an eviction hearing is scheduled on June 24 for an embattled bar that has yet to open in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis.

An eviction notice was filed last week in Hennepin County by 1933 Lyndale, LLC, listed as the owner of the property at 1925 Lyndale Avenue South. It alleges that Red Star Group, LLC - which planned to open a LGBTQ bar known as Cheers - owes $21,625.56 in unpaid rent and fees.

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According to the action, the lease agreement signed runs from Jan. 1 of this year through April 30, 2024 and calls for a rental payment of $8,666.67 at the first of each month. 

The action states Red Star Group has not paid rent for May or June, and that it has failed to pay a monthly common area maintenance fee in the amount of $715.37 from January through June.

It seeks to have the tenants evicted.

The plan had been for Cheers to open sometime this month and signs for the establishment were already up. But the bar recently came under fire when potential patrons began investigating and found past anti-Semitic Facebook posts from an individual who appears to be the owner.

The owner told KSTP earlier this month that he "has no idea" where the past Facebook posts came from, adding that perhaps someone "made them up" or "hacked" his account

He also said he is not an anti-Semite, and that "everyone is welcome" in his bar.

An attorney for the plaintiff in the eviction proceedings said his client did not have a comment on the matter at this time. The defendant had not yet responded to an email requesting comment.

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