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Lowertown’s Just/Us Founding Chefs Exit the Eatery

The restaurant announced an interim closure and ownership change

A bowl of brussels sprouts on a wooden table in a gray earthenware bowl
The restaurant, bar, and music venue could not survive the pandemic
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The collectively owned Just/us eatery announced via its social media account, an indeterminate closing. Noting when the restaurant reopens it will be without its original ownership. The eatery began as a dining experiment run equally by five friends in a restaurant space at Wabasha and 7th Street in downtown St. Paul. The menu was an unconventional mix of burgers and fine dining.

Just/us lost that location when the building’s owners decided to restore the building and precipitously increase rent. A Go Fund Me was launched to relocate in May 2019 and the restaurant re-opened in an expanded, polished space across from the St. Paul Farmers Market, in the space that had been Golden’s Deli.

The remodel was done mostly by hand, but added a bar, stage, and meeting/event space inside the restaurant and added a new investor/owner. Just/Us reopened in December of 2019 with the hopes of being a gathering point for neighbors, a no-tipping operation that paid its employee’s a living wage, and a music and art space reflective of the neighborhood it served.

According to an Instagram post Sunday, said in part, “The sacrifices we have had to make to survive COVID have made our vision for this location unsustainable.” The eatery had been operating with takeout and delivery.

When restaurant does reopen some time in the future, it will be without any of the founding chefs, and with a reconfigured space.

Update February 10, 2021: Just/us has reopened.

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275 4th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101 Visit Website

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275 4th Street East, , MN 55101 (651) 424-1080 Visit Website

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