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Farewell to Q Fanatic’s Legendary Barbecue in Minneapolis, and More September Restaurant Closings

A running list of notable restaurant closures around the Twin Cities

A table with two kinds of barbecue sauce, a napkin holdern, and a red plate with a checkered napkin, potato wedges, and sliced brisket.
Q Fanatic’s Champlin location will remain open.
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This is a curated, running list of new restaurant and bar closings in and around the Twin Cities. Did we miss something? Reach out at

WINDOM — Southwest Voices reports that Q Fanatic, one of the Cities’ best spots for barbecue, has closed its south Minneapolis location due to staffing issues. Q Fanatic is known especially for its brisket and rich, homemade sauces: honey barbecue, espresso, pepper vodka, and vinegar. The Champlin location is still open and, according to the sign on Q Fanatic’s door, “recovering” — so you can still find chef Charlie Johnson’s back ribs, pulled chicken, and grilled slab bacon there.

LYNDALE AVENUE — Misfit Coffee will close on September 30 after a four-year run on Lyndale Avenue. “Throughout all the years we have been so grateful to meet so many amazing people, serve so many amazing drinks, and do so many amazing things,” an Instagram announcement reads. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say we did too much, too often. Something people often praised us for, but it certainly came with its costs in more than financial ways.” The good news is that Misfit will carry on as a coffee and beverage company doing wholesale, truck service, and events — it also has a weekly Wednesday outpost at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum.

LOWERTOWN — Kyatchi has closed its St. Paul location on Prince Street. According to a message on Kyatchi’s website, the closure is due to “underperforming sales” — but you can still get Kyatchi’s steaming cups of miso coup, crisp karaage, and Yakisoba dogs (dressed with stir-fried soba noodles, no less) at the Minneapolis location on Nicollet Avenue.

ST. PAUL — Mama’s Pizza isn’t fully shutting down. But the restaurant announced on Facebook that, having shifted to takeout-only during the pandemic, it will never reopen for dine-in service. “I can’t get good consistent help with just take out,” the post reads. “We had a good run and thanks for all the amazing memories I’ll cherish forever. With the majority of people now working from home, it has made it impossible to pay for the constant rising food costs.” Mama’s Pizza, owned by Tony Mudzinski, first opened in St. Paul in 1964 — the Facebook post notes that the restaurant will continue to do takeout “for as long as possible.”

SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS — QC Pizza closed up its Minneapolis outpost earlier this month. Bring Me The News reports that the restaurant’s owners lost their lease when the landlord sold the building, and haven’t been able to relocate elsewhere in Minneapolis. QC Pizza, which also has a location in Mahtomedi, is a popular spot for briny, gooey slices of pickle pizza — though you can find those elsewhere around the Cities, too.

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