Last Call For 49er

"It still kind of exists...but not for long."

For Rob Rutar it was a painful experience...watching a neighborhood favorite slowly die.

Rutar views the demolition of the 49er Bar at 49th & Dodge as a political battle.

"Its about right and wrong and little people trying to vote for something they believe in and having big business change it," he said.

The city calls the new CVS Pharmacy here a step forward

Nils Erickson sees it as a step in the other direction.

"Dundee spoke up, they weren't heard and the city council voted it down." he said.

Erickson grew up here and remembers this corner differently.

"Behind the 49er was a place called Wright's Hobby Shop and that's where I bought my first little match box toys," he said. "There was a barber shop a beauty shop and a hobby shop, the 49er was a bakery."

Now, it's toast.

Veronika Bobovova moved to the neighborhood from the Czech Republic about a year ago.

"That was one of the first places I went to when I moved here,'' she said.

She sees the development through far away eyes.

"Coming from a country with a lot of history I don't understand this because this place has been here for 40 years for you guys, that's a long time," she said. "Why are you doing this?"

Local filmmaker Adam Fogarty captured the 49er's fall hoping someday, someone remembers.

"How important is it that we remember where we came from?" he said. "We can get fooled into accepting anything if we don't have a sense of history and heritage."

And before the dust cleared...Rob Rutar had some memorabilia...a brick and an old trophy found inside.

And a vow for the new tenant.

"I'll never walk in it," he said.

The new CVS is set to open later this year.


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