It was a sad day on the East Side of St. Paul when Ward 6, the beloved pub that started a wave of new eateries on Payne Avenue, closed.

The space remained empty for nearly two years, until Eric Foster, owner of the building and half of the team behind Ward 6, decided to give things another go.

East Side Bar, the newly branded restaurant, opened the day before restaurants were ordered to close. Foster took a few weeks “to basically sulk and mourn,” then reopened for takeout.

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