Around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night, word started getting around that Primebar in Calhoun Square was abruptly closing its doors for good. The chain, which is owned by Restaurants America, opened its Minneapolis outpost in the ill-fated space at the corner of Hennepin and Lake last summer. After a false start in June, business seemed to be humming along just fine, though reviews were less than stellar.
The Hot Dish received the following tip from a patron of the restaurant: "At about 9:00 p.m. they found out they were getting evicted so they told us all to pay our tabs and leave."
Since restaurant conglomerate-owned Figlio and Il Gatto didn't seem to be able to make it work at this location, the question remains: What will? Something independent? The space is likely too expensive. A totally different concept? This corner really does demand a full bar with a hopping happy hour. In an area that's packed with choices, what would you like to see succeed at this corner? Take it to the comments.