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Restaurants Close as the Twin Cities Brace for More Chaos

After dozens of businesses were damaged in Minneapolis’ riots last night, more were being broken into in St. Paul today

A “Sorry, We’re Closed,” sign in a nondescript window
Businesses close amid unrest
Brittany Hollway-Brown/Eater

On Thursday May 28, restaurants and taprooms who have up until now been operating only as take out during the pandemic are closing today as a safety precaution and in solidarity.

Last night protests turned to riots and looting in Minneapolis as the cities reel from the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer. Riots erupted around the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct on East Lake Street last night. Destruction reportedly spread miles up Lake Street and into Uptown. More protests are planned for today in downtown Minneapolis near the government center and in Saint Paul. Meanwhile, disruption and unrest continues to ripple through the cities. A Target in the Midway area of St. Paul was the site of a large group of unorganized people gathering, and the St. Paul Police Department reports other gatherings on the East Side and on Suburban Avenue. In Minneapolis, there are reports of businesses along Nicollet Mall boarding up windows.

These are the restaurants closed for the time being.

Brasa, Minneapolis and St. Paul

Rainbow Chinese

Bap & Chicken

Iron Ranger

The Buttered Tin

Black Heart, St. Paul (boarded up)

Red Cow North Loop

Hazel’s Northeast

Inbound Brew Co.

Meteor Bar

Cafe Racer

The Lowry

Zen Box Izakaya

Blue Door Pub suspending deliveries

NOLO’s Kitchen


Sonora Grill

Copper Hen Kitchen & Cakery

Fair State Brewing Co-op

Ngon Bistro

Pajarito St. Paul

Parlour, St. Paul

Saint Dinette

Surly, also delaying the opening of its beer garden

Stray Dog

Mississippi Market

The Mall of America

Rosedale Mall

* Pimento Jamaican Kitchen Minneapolis is calling for donations of milk, water, masks, and medical supplies


730 North Washington Avenue, , MN 55401 (612) 354-3135 Visit Website

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Avenue West, , MN 55104 (651) 222-3301 Visit Website

Saint Dinette

261 5th Street East, , MN 55101 (651) 800-1415 Visit Website