Sarah McKenzie

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After 80 years, Downtown diner shuts down

The pocketsize Hamlin’s diner tucked away in Renaissance Square on Nicollet Mall is an institution: Despite several name changes, it has been in operation Downtown for nearly 80 years and may be the only place in the city where high-powered lawyers routinely rub elbows with janitors and secretaries at an old-school lunch counter.

So when Barry Hamlin broke the news that he will close the restaurant on March 3 after nearly 30 years as owner, his loyal customers and employees didn’t take it well.

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