Haute Dish, the upper-mid-scale North Loop restaurant offering ambitious takes on classic comfort foods, has closed as of this past weekend.
The sad news comes via marketing/news site Best of the Best, which says rumors of the restaurant's closure emerged on Tuesday, and were confirmed with a phone call. (Further confirmation: A Google search for the restaurant finds the omniscient search engine labeling Haute Dish "Permanently closed.")
Haute Dish opened to acclaim in 2010, as head chef Landon Schoenefeld wowed bored diners by "taking dishes you've seen a hundred times before and [turning] them into one-in-a-million creations."
They kept that act up for years: In 2015 City Pages said Haute Dish was serving up the third best dish in the Twin Cities, the "Pig and Apple," a plate of "genius playfulness" eaters had come to expect there. By that time, though, Schoenefeld was shifting focus to opening his south Minneapolis diner venture, Nighthawks, and its tiny fine-dining neighbor, Birdie.
Late last year, Schoenefeld announced he was taking time away from the grinding restaurant business and the Twin Cities, citing his need for a mental health break. Birdie closed for business in May; Nighthawks is still open for business.
One upbeat note for North Loop-ers who'll miss Haute Dish: This week also brought news that chef Erick Harcey's Upton 43 is closing its Linden Hills location and moving to the trendy neighborhood just off downtown proper. At the time, Harcey did not reveal Upton 43's new location.
We'll update this post with more information as it becomes available.