Muddy Pig, on Dale near the Selby Avenue intersection gave fans just a few hours to say goodbye last night. Around happy hour the bar put up notice on Facebook that after 16 years, it would close. The post said, in part, “Like many recent closing, it has been tough times financially for small independents like the Muddy Pig.”
Back when it opened, the neighborhood and the St. Paul restaurant scene looked very different. The Pig, as it was affectionately known, had a massive beer list, one written with a rare depth and breadth of the times. The menu stayed mostly the same until about a year ago when some staffing changes were made and a weekend brunch was added. In March, a car skidded off the road and into the patio that was only just recently put back together.
The area has become more trendy over the years, adding a third wave coffee shop and two upscale/independent clothing stores. In 2002 the block was mostly bar and a little bodega.
On Tuesday night the bar was packed with well-wishers, where a few souls played bar trivia in the back seating area.
The closure comes on the heels of the shuttering of the nearby Fabulous Fern’s and the Eastside’s Ward 6.