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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The CC Club, an iconic Uptown bar and hipster haunt on Lyndale Avenue, has been sold to the owners of its neighboring restaurant, the French Meadow Bakery and Café.

The bakery announced the sale Thursday, saying the 78-year-old bar’s owners are retiring. Control of the joined parking lot also played a role in the transaction, as well as the desire to keep the bar in the hands of local owners, a press release said.

If you’re worried the CC’s atmosphere might change, be reassured that its new owners intend to keep the bar’s peculiar atmosphere. Although, one could speculate that clients might see some organic, sustainable menu offerings in the future.

French Meadow’s press release reads:

The CC Club has been a part of the Minneapolis bar scene since the 1930’s. After 28 years, owners Mo & Sharon Emard and Linda Rauen are selling the neighborhood cultural icon and retiring.

Owners of the neighboring French Meadow Bakery & Café, Lynn Gordon and Steve Shapiro, in a transaction to secure parking for their guests, are purchasing the Legendary CC Club and the coveted parking lot that adjoins French Meadow.

“We view the CC Club as a neighborhood landmark supported by a loyal clientele and a dedicated staff, some of whom have worked at the bar for over 30 years,” shares French Meadow’s Gordon. “We plan to maintain and continue the CC’s traditions, and the best way we thought we could do this was to continue neighborhood ownership. This will assure that 26th and Lyndale remains the home to both these unique businesses.”

The CC Club sits at the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 26th Street.

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