By now we've all heard the one about how downtown Minneapolis managed to flood itself in the dead of winter, but amidst the disaster that was yesterday, several downtown Minneapolis restaurants had to pay the price of the river wild by shutting their doors for the evening. The water main break that flooded the Hennepin Avenue bridge area yesterday afternoon left several downtown eateries without public access and without water, leaving them unable to serve their hungry diners.
A few of the restaurants closed for the evening due to the maelstrom included Origami (inconveniently located right at ground zero), Haute Dish, Bar la Grassa, Be'Witched Deli, the Bachelor Farmer, and Sea Change.
To ensure that Minneapolitans didn't go hungry for the evening, several restaurants took to the internet to let customers know they were open for business and ready to serve. In a Facebook post from downtown's fine-dining champion La Belle Vie, the restaurant said, "If you had dinner resies downtown tonight and find that the restaurant is closed b/c of the water main leak, we would love to be your Plan LBV! Sorry for the pun. Seriously, we're open."
Other restaurants with proclamations of open doors included Star Tribune's "Best New Restaurant of the Year" Butcher & the Boar, Union, the Local, Solera, and somewhat surprisingly the North Loop's newest edition, Borough & Parlor. Far on the other side of town, Harriet Brasserie chimed in with, "Attention all Minneapolis residents (particularly downtowners); we are open and ready for business. We have running water and flushing toilets."