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Hola Arepa Owners Buy Former Dive Bar

The Deuce Deuce is getting new life, with likely less boobs.

Owners of Hola Arepa make big purchase.
Hola Arepa

Since the day food truck darling Hola Arepa opened their bricks and mortar spot on Nicollet Avenue in 2014, hungry diners jonesing for luscious pulled pork stuffed golden corn cakes and crisp, tender yuca fries have been lined up for dinner, brunch and a gorgeous cocktail menu. Getting a coveted spot on the patio on summer weekends can be a blood sport. Now, owners Christina Nguyen and Birk Grudem have taken on a new project, spreading the wealth into Northeast Minneapolis.

The owners of the South American eatery have purchased the old 22nd Avenue Station, according to Finance & Commerce. The commercial space at 2121 University Avenue NE clocks in at an intimidating 8,200 square feet.

The Deuce Deuce, as it was affectionately known, was a special breed of adult entertainment. A slender dive bar at one end and in the back were the dancers. While we’ll pour a beer out for this singular spot, we can’t wait to see what Grudem and Nguyen have up their sleeves for this next step in their eventual world domination.

Hola Arepa is also at work opening their second location inside the forthcoming Keg & Case development in St. Paul’s former Schmidt Brewery location.

The duo declined comment on the Double Deuce plans at this time, but assured us, exciting things are in the works.

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