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Missouri Bar & Grille to close permanently on Dec. 5

Missouri Bar & Grille to close permanently on Dec. 5

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Missouri Bar & Grille

Missouri Bar & Grille, as it appeared in 2014.

The Missouri Bar & Grille, the beloved downtown west watering hole especially favored by the ink-stained wretches of the Post-Dispatch and the late Globe-Democrat, will permanently close after service Saturday (Dec. 5).

MoBar, as regulars call it, announced the news Tuesday on Facebook.

“We are grateful for our customers, employees, families, and friends who have supported us throughout the years, thank you!!” the post reads in part. “In true Panopoulos manner, it’s been a wild ride!”

Owner Jim Panopoulos tells Off the Menu the drop in business during the coronavirus pandemic led to the closure.

The Missouri Bar & Grille received a loan earlier this year through the federal CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program earlier this year, Panopoulos says.

“It kept us (going) to this point,” he says. “(But) obviously the politicians have got too many other things to worry about versus getting another one out.

“And, you know, we're not the only ones in this boat that just can't hang on any longer.”

The Panopoulos’ time at the Missouri Bar & Grille dates back to 1983, when Jim’s brother Trifon and then-business partner Chris Dubis took ownership.

Trifon Panopoulos died in 2013. The Missouri Bar & Grille was “his life and soul,” the third Panopoulos brother, Lou, told the Post-Dispatch at the time.

As for what he will remember from MoBar, Jim Panopoulos says it will be “all the nice, different people we've met over the years and became close friends with.”

MoBar’s final service will run from 2-11 p.m. Saturday.

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