The winter months can be cruel to restaurants. In all the holiday buzz, the plaintive call of one's favorite local haunt is all but drowned out.
Perhaps Loring Kitchen succumbed to this annual, seasonal downturn. Or perhaps its primo location, tucked away behind Loring Park was a bit too tucked away. Whatever the reason, the sleek bar on the first floor of the Eitel Building will shutter on December 14, according to the Star Tribune. (Rick Nelson also noted that Franklin Street Bakery will close its retail store to concentrate on its wholesale operation — marking the third closing announcement we've received today.)
"We just couldn't make it happen," says Loring Kitchen manager Charles Levine.
Loring Kitchen is not affiliated with Loring Pasta Bar, which has had a rough week in its own right. (That restaurant's owner, Jason McLean was accused of sexually abusing three teenage girls in the 1980s, in a civil suit filed this morning.)
No word yet on what might take fill of the lovely restaurant space Loring leaves behind. We'll miss the happy hour deals, the zucchini fries, and the people-watching. But, patio, sweet patio, we'll miss you most of all.