January in Minnesota is a tough sell to anyone, including Minnesotans. The dining doldrums after the holiday season can be difficult for some restaurants to face. Between the brutal temperature dips into sub-arctic levels and the general need for a food and financial reset, plenty of restaurants suffer from slow sales. While some places close for a week in the name of employee rest, two eateries are closing for the coldest of the cold season.
Ike’s in downtown Minneapolis will be closed until February. A note on the company’s Facebook page says that the location will receive some interior upgrades and a refreshed menu.
Betty Danger’s Country Club really tied one on for the holidays and has decided to shut down until April 3, 2020. The restaurant is sister business to Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Both have extensive patios that boost attendance in the summer. Betty’s has a giant rotating don’t-call-it-a-Ferris-Wheel patio and mini golf course. Representatives said that due to the seasonal nature of both restaurants, deep winter was a rough time. Better to just shut one down for the season.
Erik the Red is the barbecue spot for beers and drinks across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium. One would think that location would be gold, but the restaurant closed after New Year’s Eve to relocate to South Minneapolis. Representatives for owner Erik Forsberg said that they chose not to renew the lease on that address. An opening will follow construction at 46th and Hiawatha, some time in the warmer months at the new address.