Update 12:56pm 1/07/17: Game Sports Bar, the newest addition to Minneapolis’ LGBTQ bar scene, appears to have closed its doors for good on Sunday night after the Patriots beat the Falcons, according to patrons and employees. The bar was the first foray of LGBTQ nightlife in Uptown when it opened in August. A report from City Pages notes that the bar may be changing concepts but keeping limited weekend hours as an LGBTQ bar or may be closing indefinitely.
Employees and patrons took to Facebook on Monday to lament the demise of the bar in public posts.
Benjamin Kaufman, who had once hosted trivia and bingo as drag personality B. Louise, wrote:
No matter which bar is “your” bar, a LGBT bar is all of our bar and when one closes it makes me incredibly sad. I hope everyone who was working there lands on their feet and to everyone I worked there with as B. Louise, thank you for making it a fun environment!
Benjamin Jacobs, who worked at the bar, remarked: “Goodbye Game sports Bar! I will miss you!”
Game’s General Manager, Emerson Kellogg, simply wrote: “Game Over”
Though the website and social media properties still listed it as open as of Monday night, the bar’s phone number had been disconnected. Google Maps listed the business as “permanently closed.”
First opened in August, the bar underwent a rebranding with new management in late-December. In a post on Facebook, the bar’s management wrote:
A NEW YEAR. A NEW GAME.
Here at GAME, we are excited for a new year filled with many exciting changes, including new management. A GLBTQIA sports bar is a unique concept, and we’ve spent the past few months exploring and experimenting as we find our place in the community. As we unveil a new GAME, we’d like to address some of the great feedback we’ve received, and some of the changes you’ll experience.
Update 12:56pm 1/07/17: According to City Pages, the bar may be changing format:
An employee shared with City Pages an email reportedly sent to all staff on Monday, February 6, from the current general manager. He informed recipients that the bar was going to change concept — to “a Lotus restaurant,” seemingly a reference to the popular long-time Vietnamese spot in Loring Park — but would continue operating on weekends as Game Sports Bar for the time being.
The Lotus, a popular Loring Park restaurant has been posting about its return to Uptown on Facebook:
Or Game could be closing indefinitely, City Pages reports:
On Friday, management told staffers the bar would be closing Monday through Thursday immediately and indefinitely; the news was met with tears and concern from the staff, according to one employee.