The German beer and pretzel selection in St. Paul just got a little thinner. Glockenspiel, the German restaurant on bar on West 7th abruptly closed its doors this weekend. In a message on its Facebook page, the owners expressed resignation over a lease dispute with the building's owner. The current lease expires at the end of 2015, and despite the opportunity to continue with a short term six month lease after that, the restaurant owners decided it was time to walk away, stating, "We are saddened to have to do this, but [sic] to continue to reach our personal and professional goals."
UPDATE: The historic building is run by Sokol Minnesota and is working to restore the building. As they stated on its Facebook page, the organization states, "2016 will bring a new phase of hall restoration with focus on the first floor including the restaurant space. Besides renovations to floor plan, utilities and amenities, focus will be to meet current code standards, improve accessibility, ADA compliances and technology, all done in a historically sensitive manner to prepare the building for the next century." However, to make these updates, the first floor "must be empty."
A farewell evening for fans and friends will take place Wednesday November 25 from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Glockenspiel catering will continue to operate out of Lindstrom, Minnesota and has not ruled out the possibility of re-opening one day in a new location.