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The iconic Paddlewheel Restaurant shuts its doors

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  • The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the long-standing iconic restaurant on the 6th floor of the Bay downtown, will be serving up its last meals on Thursday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the long-standing iconic restaurant on the 6th floor of the Bay downtown, will be serving up its last meals on Thursday.

  • Diners line up all the way out the door for one last lunch at the Paddlewheel Restaurant.

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    Diners line up all the way out the door for one last lunch at the Paddlewheel Restaurant.

  • The doors to the Paddlewheel Restaurant will shut for good Thursday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    The doors to the Paddlewheel Restaurant will shut for good Thursday.

  • Diners fill the Paddlewheel Restaurant for one last meal before it closes Thursday.

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    Diners fill the Paddlewheel Restaurant for one last meal before it closes Thursday.

  • A classic turkey dinner on one of the Paddlewheel Restaurant's trays.

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    A classic turkey dinner on one of the Paddlewheel Restaurant's trays.

  • The Paddlewheel Restaurant's roast beef dinner platter.

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    The Paddlewheel Restaurant's roast beef dinner platter.

  • The paddlewheel still spins, but without water in the tank.

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    The paddlewheel still spins, but without water in the tank.

  • Coins sit on the floor of a waterless tank next to a spinning paddlewheel. Water hasn't been in its tank for some time but patrons still use it as a wishing well.

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    Coins sit on the floor of a waterless tank next to a spinning paddlewheel. Water hasn't been in its tank for some time but patrons still use it as a wishing well.

  • Mark Ricafort and Rina Mejia pose in front of the iconic paddlewheel Wednesday afternoon.

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    Mark Ricafort and Rina Mejia pose in front of the iconic paddlewheel Wednesday afternoon.

  • Gladys Anderson and her daughter Janet Siemens have been coming to the Paddlewheel Restaurant since Janet was a baby.

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    Gladys Anderson and her daughter Janet Siemens have been coming to the Paddlewheel Restaurant since Janet was a baby.

  • Long-time friends Patricia Holmes (left) and Judy Baran had to visit the Paddlewheel Restaurant one last time after spending their Saturdays at the restaurant when they were younger.

    Long-time friends Patricia Holmes (left) and Judy Baran had to visit the Paddlewheel Restaurant one last time after spending their Saturdays at the restaurant when they were younger.

  • Five-year-old Lucien Guertin poses with his grandmother Margaret Wilcok (standing) and her sister Clare Simpson Wednesday after having lunch.

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    Five-year-old Lucien Guertin poses with his grandmother Margaret Wilcok (standing) and her sister Clare Simpson Wednesday after having lunch.

  • Irene Andrusko has been coming to the Paddlewheel Restaurant for over 30 years.

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    Irene Andrusko has been coming to the Paddlewheel Restaurant for over 30 years.

  • Four-year-old Mia Reynolds sips on her chocolate milk while having lunch with her mom Wednesday.

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    Four-year-old Mia Reynolds sips on her chocolate milk while having lunch with her mom Wednesday.

  • John Waagenaar and his son Wess sit next to the mural his dad painted in the early 1970s.

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    John Waagenaar and his son Wess sit next to the mural his dad painted in the early 1970s.

  • Carolyn Korozs says she's sad to see the Paddlewheel Restaurant close as she drops her tray off at a busing station Wednesday

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    Carolyn Korozs says she's sad to see the Paddlewheel Restaurant close as she drops her tray off at a busing station Wednesday

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