PORTLAND – The North Star Music Cafe, one of the city’s liveliest performing arts spaces and a well-known East End gathering spot, is closing.

Owner Kim Anderson, who was in her mid 20s when she started the business in 2007, announced the closing to customers and friends Thursday with a posting on Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today.  I have come to the difficult decision to close the doors of North Star.  I have so much love for this community and this city.  I am sad to say goodbye, but I am grateful for the three years you have embraced me and the North Star as family,” wrote Anderson. “I am sure this will be no great surprise to many of you. This has been a strenuous year and North Star has gone through many changes to right itself.  Unfortunately time has run out and North Star will be shutting its doors after the last show on Sunday.  Thank you for all that you have brought to the North Star.”

Anderson had talked publicly about money trouble at North Star in March, when she appealed to the community to start a fundraising effort.

North Star was located on Congress Street in the East End, at the base of Munjoy Hill.