After three decades in business, a Minnesota restaurant dedicated to all things Bob Dylan has closed its doors. The Duluth News Tribune reports that yesterday was last day of service at Zimmy's in Hibbing. Known for its Bob Dylan paraphenalia (both in decor and for sale in the gift shop), Zimmy's was a longtime venue for the annual Dylan Days event. Executive chef Audrey Johnson explains: "We lost our liquor license in January, and without a license in Hibbing you can't cover certain costs … Having the license attracts a lot of customers." Hibbing is Bob Dylan's hometown.
According the Hibbing Tribune, Zimmy's lost its liquor license "due to delinquent taxes." In a statement on Facebook yesterday, the owners say they hope to reopen at some point: "We hope that this condition is only temporary as we seek a solution that will allow us to re-open as quickly as possible so that we can continue to serve you." The same statement is also on the restaurant's home page. And what of the Dylan legacy? Says Johnson: "The hardest part about losing this place is that it's the only place that honors Bob Dylan and does so loudly ... people from Hibbing don't like Bob Dylan as much as people not from Hibbing like Bob Dylan." If Zimmy's reopens, Johnson expects it would be in parntership with "another entity."