Dulono’s announced via its Facebook page that the location that’s been in operation since 1957 has closed effective Sunday July 9. Its operators were unable to purchase the property or negotiate a new lease. Fans of the cheese-laden, square-cut, thin crust pizza and cheap pitchers of beer at Dulono’s are going to have to head over to the Warehouse District, where operations are being transferred at 118 North 4th Street in Minneapolis.
The newer location is a full-service bar with plenty of TVs and the same menu favorites, but the loss of this historic location is yet another blow to the marching progress of time across the landscape of the Uptown and Lyn/Lake area.
Dulono’s has long been more than just a neighborhood place for grabbing a bite. A small stage dedicated to local music gave many area bands an outlet and an audience they might not have reached otherwise. Karaoke nights allowed others to dream of rock stardom.
The seats inside were first come first served and on a busy night, wise would-be customers hovered over a table that appeared to be finishing up. Seats went fast and competition for the prime spots was fierce.
In the warmer months, on the first Thursday, the roar of motorcycle engines would rip through air as enthusiasts would gather to admire and ride bikes. The shift to the downtown location means the end of those gatherings. Parking in the area is tight and there is no room to recreate the bike nights.
The silver lining is that Dulono’s will continue to deliver to the South Minneapolis area.
Dulono’s pizza also operates locations in Woodbury and Mahtomedi in addition to the downtown location.