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Where's the beef? These restaurants opened and closed in January.

RIP RIP RIP

RIP RIP RIP Instagram / @mercado

Oh that beef? She gone. Just up and quit town, folks!

Looking back—heck, even in the midst of it—this January was a rough one for the Twin Cities' food and dining scene.

Also, this new fun thing started to happen, where restaurants are saying they're neither closing nor staying open, just taking a little breather. Sometimes that breather would last for days; a couple are still holding that line now!

Everyone (us included!) will have to stay tuned to see how those play out...

Closures:
And yes, we're including these first few because closing during the holidays isn't sneaky; we see you.

  • Supatra's Thai Cuisine (12/28): The St. Paul standard shuttered this winter when owners accepted an offer to sell their 15-year old business.
  • JL Beers (12/29) closed its doors in northeast Minneapolis after six years pouring pints, directing customers to their Burnsville location. 
  • Lyn-Lake's HIckory n' Hops (12/30) aka the former Lyndale Tap simply never returned from an "extended Christmas break."
  • Salty Tart (12/31): The last remaining outpost of the bakery closed at year's end in order to become the new home of True Stone Coffee Roasters' first public-facing cafe (see below).
  • Mercado (12/31), Jester Concepts' taco joint on the ground floor of a Lyn-Lake condo, declined to renew its lease at the New Year.
  • Just after the stroke of midnight (1/1), Sanctuary earned its sweet slumber after more than 12 years of lauded service.
  • "Ultimate Vikings bar" Erik the Red issued "not a goodbye but a see you later," announcing they'd close (1/1) in order to relocate to south Minneapolis' Lowa46.
  • Reds Savoy Uptown (1/7): It just plain ceased to exist. The end.
  • Downtown Minneapolis' CityWorks sports bar closed (1/8), took its ball, and went home.
  • After a decade in Kingfield, Blackbird Cafe quit (1/8) when "no matter how much we tried, it just wasn’t enough to keep this place relevant."
  • Ike's downtown's owner Gene Winstead says talks to renegotiate its lease with the landlord failed. (1/15)
  • McKinney Roe (1/18): Rebranding from upscale eatery to Irish pub wasn't enough to keep the doors open.

Welcome to the world, precious!

Welcome to the world, precious! Courtesy True Stone Coffee Roasters

Openings:

  • Uptown Pizza is baaaack! (House rules say we're counting it.)
  • just/us is "hard open" as of 1/10 (though it's been "soft" for a whole month), including fully functioning in its new capacity as a hybrid gastropub-venue (Ditto here.)
  • Phi Chay Thai has opened in the former Supatra's Thai spot in St. Paul.
  • True Stone Coffee Roasters cafe has assumed the former Salty Tart location in Lowertown, featuring brunch, baked goods from Vikings and Goddesses, and breads from Lowertown Bakehouse.
  • Unleashed: Hops and Hounds debuted just yesterday, serving suds and snausages for humans and their favorite floofs alike.

Just Playing Dead?

  • Right after their extended Christmas extravaganza, Betty Danger's (1/1) pulled the rug out from under everyone, announcing The People's Country Club would be on hiatus until April.
  • The Bartmann Group's restaurant on Loring Park, The Bird, posted a notice on its door stating it would be taking the month of January off. We only noticed mid-January…

On that note, February is nigh…