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Brasserie Zentral in downtown Minneapolis is closing

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Just a few months after cutting Sunday brunch service at their Austrian-influenced restaurant in the Soo Line Building in downtown Minneapolis, and selling their skyway level Café Zentral outpost, Russell and Desta Klein are closing Brasserie Zentral. The news follows on the heels of other high profile closings, including La Belle Vie, Vincent’s, and Origami. The restaurant's final service will be January 16.

Brasserie Zentral, along with its sister space, Foreign Legion, opened in April 2014 to positive reviews, and won numerous accolades, including being named Outstanding Restaurant by the 2014 Charlie Awards. In a statement, Russell Klein noted that despite the recognition, the past few years have been some of the most competitive and difficult for Twin Cities’ restaurants. The Kleins overhauled the Foreign Legion menu in August 2015 as a more casual space focused on pizza and pasta. Foreign Legion will remain open. Klein says he is hoping to "negotiate and announce a new direction in the coming weeks that will embrace the old and celebrate the new."

Brasserie Zentral

105 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis

612-333-0505

www.zentral-mn.com

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Foreign Legion

105 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis

612-333-0505

foreignlegion-mn.com