We bid farewell to three restaurants this week:
After a year and a half of efforts, Salt Cellar could not ultimately achieve the heights of the ultimate steakhouse on the hill that they promised. While quality had reportedly evened out in recent months, they didn't recover from opening missteps, overpromising, and underdelivering. We got a tip from a staff person that Salt Cellar will close its doors on Saturday after service.
173 Western Ave N., St. Paul
On the heels of its sister restaurant Trattoria Tosca closing, the bigger, badder Levain is also calling it quits. Fourteen years ago it was the restauant of the moment, helmed by Steven Brown (now of Tilia and St. Genevieve) as well as Stewart Woodman (Lela). In recent years it was a staunchly reliable French bistro headed up by powerhouse chef Adam Vickerman, who retired into the co-op business early this year.
4762 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
It's especially sad when sweet little indie spots like Pilgrimage have to call it quits, but that's what Standish's global cafe bistro had to do on Saturday. From their Facebook Page: "It's official, we are out of food. Thank you everyone!"
2403 38th St., Minneapolis