Acclaimed Minneapolis restaurant Burch will not reopen

The Lowry Hill steakhouse and pizzeria will not return from its COVID-related closure.
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Another respected Minneapolis restaurant has become the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing its permanent closure on Wednesday.

The steakhouse and pizzeria on the corner of Hennepin and Franklin has been closed since the initial COVID-19 "stay at home" order in March last year, and will not be returning.

In a letter to employees, owners Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre said it "breaks our heart" to close the restaurant, but the "ongoing pandemic has made it impossible."

It becomes the latest in a long list of restaurants that have closed permanently due to the pandemic.

While restaurants have been allowed to reopen for indoor dining with a limited capacity after a six-week shutdown between November and January, the wider pandemic has led to a reduction in the number of people willing to eat indoors while the virus remains widespread.

Burch opened its doors in 2013, splitting its restaurant into two with one focusing on meat and a raw bar, and the other a pizzeria.

Among the other prominent Twin Cities restaurants that have closed during the pandemic are The Bachelor Farmer, Butcher and the Boar, Jamie Malone's Grand Cafe, and Octo Fishbar.

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