After 47 years, West Bank bar calls it quits

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Smoke filled the Viking Bar in Minneapolis’ Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Monday. It wasn’t a protest against the smoking ban, but a small consolation to regulars grieving over the news that the legendary bar—which served the neighborhood for more than 47 years—would be closing. KFAI’s Ann Alquist talks with owner Mike Nelson about the longtime West Bank music venue’s demise. Smoke filled the Viking Bar in Minneapolis’ Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Monday. It wasn’t a protest against the smoking ban, but a small consolation to regulars grieving over the news that the legendary bar—which served the neighborhood for more than 47 years—would be closing. KFAI’s Ann Alquist talks with owner Mike Nelson about the longtime West Bank music venue’s demise.