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In the Twin Cities, it’s been a summer of closings, alas. One huge loss for foodies was the closing of Corner Table at the end of July. Current owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone took over establishment in 2011, going from a farm-to-table focus to local and French fare. The restaurant moved and its original location became a fried chicken spot. Boemer and Rancone have so many other ventures, and with traffic in Corner Table’s area impacted by road construction, the decision was made to close. Corner Table had operated for 15 years.

Another of the most high-profile closings is that of Snuffy’s Malt Shop in St. Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. The restaurant has been open for 36 years. The end-of-July shutdown is blamed on property tax and rent increases, and complaints about lack of access for people with disabilities. Snuffy’s owners hope to relocate in St. Paul. Other locations and the CHS Field stands remain open.

Another mourned closing is that of University of Minnesota mainstay Sporty’s, which closed due to owner Chris Chistopherson’s inability to negotiate a new lease. There has been a bar at the Southeast Como neighborhood location since 1963, under various names. The space will reopen as the Como Tap, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Another Minneapolis closing is that of Uptown’s Kafe 421, which shut its doors at the end of July. The Dinkytown spot has offered fresh Mediterranean fare for 16 years. Owners, the Sanders family, are moving on as they welcome a new baby. Two generations of family members have run the popular date-night spot. A catering operation will continue.

Circle Pines’ Bistro La Roux, the New Orleans-themed eatery, shut its doors at the end of June. It began as a food truck and then opened its brick-and-mortar doors in 2014. Chef Tim Glover’s spicy dishes had quite a following.

And a noteworthy chain closing is that the Subway restaurant by the St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse closed abruptly after more than two decades. The owners, in a posted note, cited the city’s “changing business climate.” 

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