Snuffy’s Malt Shop in St. Paul is closing, but the chain’s other locations will remain open.
The restaurant known for its malts, fries and burgers will close July 25 after being open since 1983. Dana Bach, vice president of marketing for the 1950s-style diner restaurants, attributed the closing to rising rent and property tax and compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
However, Bach said she hopes the malt shop, now located at 244 S. Cleveland Av., will return to St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood at some point.
Still open are stands at CHS Stadium, home of the St. Paul Saints, and restaurant outlets in Edina, Minnetonka and Bloomington. A Roseville location was purchased by another company and renamed the Original Malt Shop in 2016.
Author Jeff Hagen included Snuffy’s in his 2004 book “Searching for the Holy Grill,” in which he picked the best burger joints in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Snuffy’s was founded by restaurateur Mike Mueller. He bought his first restaurant, Hoagies, in Minneapolis, when he was 25, despite having no experience running one.