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Victory 44 and The Dirty Bird are closing

And Upton 43 is moving.

Some big changes are coming to the Minneapolis restaurant scene. 

A news release says restauranteur and chef Erick Harcey has decided to close two highly regarded restaurants in Minneapolis: Victory 44 and The Dirty Bird. 

According to WCCO's Jason DeRusha and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Stephanie March, Victory 44 served its last Perfect Burger Friday night. After nearly 10 years, it's quietly closed its doors forever.

“We have had an incredible run in north Minneapolis and I am so proud of what we have accomplished there,” Harcey said in a statement without specifying a reason for a closure. 

The Dirty Bird might not be done forever, though. The news release says the grab-n-go restaurant concept is just being put on hold "until the timing is right and a new location presents itself." 

The Dirty Bird had been located in the Linden Hills area near Lake Harriet. 

Where is Upton 43 going?

The popular Scandinavian-style restaurant is also leaving, but it'll reopen in a new place. 

According to the news release, Upton 43 will be leaving its space in Linden Hills on Aug. 13. Then it will be moving over to the North Loop, but specifics are not available yet. 

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to relocate Upton 43 to a more dense neighborhood closer to downtown," Harcey said.

He went on to explain they're still finalizing negotiations with the new space, which will be a little smaller.

"It may be a few months before we re-open," the news release said.

Upton 43 was named one of the 21 best new restaurants in the country by Eater, and one of the nation’s top 10 new restaurants by USA Today.

Harcey said he still plans to open a new restaurant in 2018 on the corner of 46th and Hiawatha.

Earlier this year, Harcey was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award. 

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