I have a little ode to Kelly's today at City Pages. RIP Kelly's. I will miss you and your coney dogs. Get there before the end of April and soak in the atmosphere one last time.
The other shoe finally dropped. The rumors came true.
Anyway, downtown St. Paul doesn't have a lot of dive bar credibility in the the first place. Most of the old haunts and blue-collar joints have been skyscraper'd, paved, or gentrified, a trend that's been going on well over 70 years. (Of course, downtown Minneapolis is worse; Google "Gateway District" if you don't believe me.)
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