Sleepy V’s, maker of some of the best doughnuts in the Twin Cities, has announced it will not reopen for business after the governor’s stay-at-home order ends. The announcement came via its Facebook page on Saturday, “It’s been a trip ya’ll but it’s all over. A huge thanks to each and everyone of you. (Except the assholes) HUGE thanks to everyone who helped us get our feet off the ground in the early days of Rebel Donut Bar.” The post also noted a silver lining, that the doughnuts will continue to be available at the company’s second business, the newly opened Mary Ellen’s Bistro. The announcement also assured people with outstanding event orders that those would be honored.
Sleepy V’s began as Rebel Donut Bar, first as a pop-up and then as a shop at 1226 2nd Avenue NE. The shop sold the small doughnuts, regular sized, and coffee in its slim space.
Mary Ellen’s Bistro opened at the end of February, and is still serving through delivery and curbside pick up. The bistro serves breakfast through dinner, with a focus on Midwestern-specific dishes like knoephla soup and fleischkuekle.
Hospitality experts are making dire predictions that many other small businesses will not re-open for business at the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.