For a long time, it was a hold out against the hipness. The Country Bar and Grill remained a gritty tribute to the old days when the neighborhood was a little rougher even as other nearby buildings received a buff and shine from new investors. The dive that's located on Lyndale, near the Lake Street intersection closed after an unsuccessful search for new owners last year.
Today the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal reports that the bar has been purchased by the owners of the Nomad World Pub. The space is being given a much needed refresher, but owners Todd and Jill Smith have committed to staying true to the soul of the bar. It is expected to reopen later this summer.