Wild Greg’s Saloon has closed in downtown Minneapolis
Wild Greg’s Saloon has closed in downtown Minneapolis.
The announcement was confirmed on the venue’s Facebook page – which is known for its 18+ club nights – on Tuesday, with owner Greg Urban pointing to the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns, 2020 riots and rising crime in recent years for closure.
“We have made the difficult decision that the road to a prosperous Minneapolis is longer than we had hoped and closing this location is in our best interest,” he wrote.
He spoke in more detail about the shutdown with Fox News, saying his other Wild Greg locations in Austin, Texas, and Pensacola and Lakeland, Florida are booming.
While acknowledging that its location in Austin also has issues with surrounding crime, he argues that there is less “perception of crime” that keeps people away, and you are more likely to see a police presence on the streets. .
In the closure announcement, Urban thanked the Minneapolis Police Department for their efforts. Wild Greg’s is located around the corner from the 1st MPD Police Station.
A Vadnais Heights City Council member, Urban blamed Gov. Tim Walz and Mayor Jacob Frey for COVID restrictions and mask mandates, and said politicians, “especially Democrats,” are “afraid of the awake crowd”.
Wild Greg’s along with all bars and restaurants in Minnesota had to close for months in the spring of 2020 after the deadly COVID-19 pandemic began, and for a month in late 2020 as the Alpha strain increased.
As a result, dozens of restaurants in Minneapolis closed at the time. Although business is still down from pre-pandemic levels, there are signs that 2022 will be a much better year for Downtown than the previous two, according to WCCO.
Wild Greg’s was among the companies that sued to overturn Minneapolis’ vaccine requirement for entry to bars and restaurants, and also “banned” Governor Tim Walz from its premises.
According to data obtained by ProPublica regarding the COVID-19 Payment Protection Program (PPP), Wild Greg’s parent company, Urban Entertainment LLC, obtained $154,000 in forgivable loans from the federal government. Another of Urban’s companies, Urban Companies LLC, got $405,000 written off.
PPP loans were offered to businesses to help keep their workforce working during the early days of the pandemic.
In Fox News’ Urban article, it is claimed that “much of downtown Minneapolis was vandalized” during the 2020 riots.
In reality, most of the damage sustained during the riots following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer was concentrated in and around Lake Street in south Minneapolis, as well as areas in north Minneapolis.
Downtown suffered some damage during the August 2020 “false rumors” riot, but most of the damage was concentrated on the Nicollet Mall between the 5th and 12th.
There has been a significant increase in downtown crime in recent years, as there has been in most of the Twin Cities, other parts of Minnesota and the rest of the country since the start of the pandemic. .
The Minneapolis police scorecard for the 1st District shows an increase in assaults, robberies and property damage in 2022, but homicides are down.
Urban wrote an open letter to city and county leaders in the summer of 2021, expressing concern over rising gun violence.
Downtown operations have also been impacted by the shift to working from home seen during the pandemic, which has led companies such as Target to reduce their downtown workforce.