Another Italian bites the dust.
First it was Parella, then Foreign Legion, and now Scena, Uptown's newer Italian restaurant near the Hennepin/Lake intersection, has closed.
Of the three, we had predicted this one would last. Their emphasis on casual drinking and snacking seemed like more of a surefire fit for the 'hood than Parella, which had a more sophisticated vibe and a focus on the dining room rather than the bar. In its final days, Parella owner Michael Larson made a last ditch effort to try to edge the place into more casual territory, but it was too late.
Owners say Scena's concept just didn't fit the area, where places like seafood behemoth Stella's and nearby Green Mill on Hennepin Avenue (an old casual Italian favorite owned by the same ownership as Scena) still enjoy massive crowds.
We enjoyed Scena's cooking by Erik Andersen and Jamie Malone, but the two have purportedly begun focusing on their long-anticipated Brut. That restaurant will go into the former Sapor space on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis sometime this year.
2943 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis