Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Gopher Bar In St. Paul Closes Early
On Saturday Nights
Minnpost's Joe Kimball has the story:
Someone had been downtown Saturday night for a concert and swung by the Gopher Bar in the early evening hours for a pre-show Coney, and found the Gopher closed.
...people come from all around the metro area for the Coney Island hot dogs, thin wieners in a bun, covered with a home-cooked meat sauce.
Andrew Kappas opened the place in 1955 [...] [his son] George now runs the place.
"Yeah, I close up early on Saturdays," he said. Usually about 6 p.m., he said, unless there's a Saturday night Wild game, when he'll stay open until 7 p.m., when the puck drops.
"Because what you get, you don't want," he said mystically. Apparently the level of clientele diminishes on Saturday nights.
He said his business dropped way off with the smoking ban, initiated in St. Paul even before the statewide ban took effect last year.
"My lunch hours held up, because I've got something unique. [The Coneys.] But the ban kicked the [crap] out of my after-work crowd," Pappas said.
To make matters worse, Pappas said his liquor license fee went up by $2,000 this year.
"Too many communists running things," he said.
“no one is going to go out of business because of the non-smoking laws.”
in bars and restaurants in St. Paul, told bar owners, "I say [to the bar owners] Trust Me."
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