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Raleigh’s The Borough closing at end of month

Liz Masnik, owner of The Borough, announced Monday that she plans to close the Raleigh bar at the end of January.
Liz Masnik, owner of The Borough, announced Monday that she plans to close the Raleigh bar at the end of January. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Liz Masnik, owner of The Borough, announced Monday that she will be closing the popular downtown Raleigh restaurant and bar by the end of January.

Masnik posted a note on Facebook Monday morning making the announcement.

Reached Monday afternoon, Masnik, 37, said that she has decided it was time to close the bar in order to “set up the next part” of her life. She explained that she was approaching the age of 40 and pondering how she was going to have a family while being a bar owner. It became clear that she needed to make a change. She said she hopes to go to law school and become an animal welfare lawyer.

Masnik will lease the space to the owners of a new bar and restaurant called Hadley’s. (Read more about Hadley’s HERE.)

Masnik opened the bar in 2006 after previously working at the now-closed Vertigo restaurant. Masnik, who is known for her willingness to help others, is a key figure of the revitalized downtown Raleigh food scene and an early entrepreneur on the west side of downtown. (I profiled her as part of a January 2015 story: “Meet the other women of Raleigh’s food scene.”)

On the phone, Masnik expressed gratitude for both her loyal employees and customers. “I’ve been incredibly lucky for having such amazing loyalty, dedication and appreciation. I couldn’t spend the rest of my life expressing enough gratitude for it — it’s not possible.”

Asked what she is most looking forward to come Feb. 1, she said: “Sleep. Lots of sleep. So much sleep.”

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