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I get the Axios newsletter emailed to me everyday. Today there was this note about a new sports bar coming to downtown Mpls. There was no article to link to so here is the text of it.

Tom’s Watch Bar — a sports bar concept from Smashburger chain co-founder Tom Ryan — is opening a new location in downtown Minneapolis.

Driving the news: Tom’s Watch Bar has signed a lease for about 12,000 square feet at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Sixth Street — the space once occupied by Rosa Mexicano and Prime 6 in the recently renovated City Center.

• The bar will open in early 2022.

Details: The staple of Tom’s Watch Bar — whose sixth location opened this week in Denver — is one massive stadium screen surrounded by hundreds of smaller screens. The idea is you have a good view of the game no matter where you’re sitting.

Flashback: Five years ago, Ryan told Nick that he wanted to open one of his sports bars — then called Tom’s Urban — near Target Field and Target Center.

• Ryan, whose company is based in Denver, lives part-time in the Kenwood neighborhood with his Minnesota-born wife.

Between the lines: The loss of downtown office workers has caused many restaurants in the area to close because of current businesses leaving and uncertainty about the effect of remote work.

• But Ryan told Nick that his bar concept is less reliant on office workers, as most of its business comes from sports fans eating and drinking before and after games, as well as during televised sporting events.