Octo Fishbar in Lowertown has closed. The fresh seafood restaurant went out while doing a Cajun pop-up, under the guidance of James Beard Award winning chef Tim McKee.
First opened in October of 2017 inside a gorgeous lofted space in the historic St. Paul neighborhood. The restaurant was just part of an ambitious collaborative space that also included Almanac fish market, Salty Tart cafe, and more. Octo Fishbar was the centerpiece restaurant, with a full bar, open kitchen, and plenty of freshly-flown-in seafood. The menu meandered through shore lunch sunnies and abundant seafood towers packed with delicacies.
Inside the kitchen, McKee was known to give up and coming chefs the space to host pop-ups.
The Market House collaborative has seen some turnover since it opened. The adjacent cafe run by True Stone Coffee remains open and has recently expanded weekend hours.