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In this file photo from 2011, with waitress Stephany Weinand holding the letter "H," Zimmy's manager Mike Thompson adds the "A" to birthday wishes to Bob Dylan outside the Hibbing restaurant. (Steve Kuchera /

Landmark Hibbing restaurant Zimmy's closes its doors

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Duluth News Tribune
Landmark Hibbing restaurant Zimmy's closes its doors
Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

Hard times and no liquor license caused the Hibbing restaurant Zimmy's to close down Thursday night.

Zimmy's was best known for its collection of memorabilia of Hibbing native and music icon Bobby Zimmerman -- otherwise known as Bob Dylan. The restaurant had a Bob Dylan Lounge and Bob Dylan Gift Shop, and a following cultivated over its 30-year history; it was a main venue for the annual Dylan Days celebration.


"It is true, we had to close our doors today," executive chef Audrey Johnson said Thursday. "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."

The Hibbing Daily Tribune reported that Zimmy's lost its liquor license due to delinquent taxes.

While a number of customers are sad, Johnson said, some are reacting negatively to the closing.

"Unfortunately, some people have been negative towards the closing," Johnson said. "I've heard, 'If you can't make it in Hibbing, then go somewhere else.' A lot of people will also say, 'Yeah, I can relate and we had to close our business too.' It's not something you want to hear at a time like this."

Johnson said Zimmy's could open again, but in the meantime she was thankful to everyone for their support.

"I just want to thank all of our employees and customers for staying true to us and supporting us through thick and thin," Johnson said.