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A Handful of Twin Cities Restaurants Remain Temporarily Closed While Others Return to In-Person Dining

Many owners hope closing for the season will mean reopening in better standing later this year

The bar at Saint Dinette, topped with a corrugated tin awning
Saint Dinette is temporarily closed
Katie Cannon

January marks a time to “start fresh” for many people, a month typically involving fewer comfort meals, less alcohol, and stricter spending habits. For restaurant owners, this often means a season of low sales. Thanks to the brutalizing pandemic, the already hurting industry faces no easy decisions for early winter 2021. Many area restaurants have announced temporary closures to ride out the depth of winter, despite the ability to now reopen at reduced capacity. For some, the promise of sales balanced with re-hiring, re-stocking, and knowing that it all might grind to a halt again is too much. Others are just hoping to take a breather before February, when a typical year’s restaurant sales would eke back up.

These are the restaurants that have announced temporary closures for winter.


Colita has moved all takeout operations to Martina

Side Bar by Surdyk’s

Meteor Bar

Eli’s Food & Cocktails

Saint Paul

Handsome Hog, reopens February 1

French Hen/Moonflower Pizza

French Meadow, St. Paul location only

Monkey Temple, permanently closed

Saint Dinette

St. Paul Grill

Pillbox Tavern

Alary’s Bar

Handsome Hog

173 Western Avenue North, , MN 55102 (651) 219-4013 Visit Website

Butter Bakery Cafe

3700 Nicollet Avenue, , MN 55409 (612) 521-7401 Visit Website

Saint Dinette

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


5400 Penn Avenue South, , MN 55419 (612) 886-1606 Visit Website

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

303 East Hennepin Avenue, , MN 55414 (612) 379-3232 Visit Website


128 Cleveland Avenue North, , MN 55104 (651) 645-4128 Visit Website

Mancini's Char House & Lounge

531 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 224-7345 Visit Website

Woodfired Cantina

928 7th Street West, , MN 55102 (651) 999-3959 Visit Website

French Meadow Cafe

2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 612 870 7855 Visit Website

The French Hen Cafe

518 Selby Avenue, , MN 55102 (651) 222-6201 Visit Website