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The restaurant at St. Paul's Lake Como pavilion is closing

It only opened up in summer 2015.
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Como Dockside, which has plied its trade at the pavilion on St. Paul's Lake Como since spring 2015, is closing down.

The restaurant announced the closure "with regret and sorrow" on its Facebook page Friday afternoon.

Its last dinner service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 22, with the establishment open Tuesday to Sundays until then.

It's inviting diners to "celebrate the fantastic experience we have had here."

The restaurant opened to much fanfare in May 2015, taking up residence in Como Park's famous pavilion on the banks of Lake Como.

No reason for the closure has been given, but it looks like the restaurant's financial obligations to the City of St. Paul – which owns the pavilion – could continue.

Star Tribune reporter Jessie Van Berkel notes the restaurant had a contract until 2020 to operate the city-owned pavilion, and that same contract guarantees payments to the city of at least $100,000-a-year until then.

Como Dockside was the brainchild of restaurateur and arts entrepreneur Jon Oulman, his son Jarret Oulman and John Mandelnan, owners of the 331 Club in Minneapolis and The Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul.

Como Dockside was described by CityPages as being to Como Park what Sea Salt is to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, albeit with a heavier focus on Louisiana-style barbecue rather than seafood.

Dockside came into existence in controversial circumstances, with St. Paul removing previous vendor David Glass, saying his Black Bear Crossings cafe was underachieving.

He eventually sued the city for breach of contract and won a settlement of $800,000, the Star Tribune reported.

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