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Acclaimed St. Paul restaurant In Bloom the latest to close

In Bloom opened to plaudits at Keg & Case in 2018.

An award-winning restaurant in St. Paul has announced it's closing permanently after less than two years.

In Bloom, the fine dining restaurant that took up residence in the new Keg & Case  Market on West 7th Street, was the work of owner Nick Rancone and head chef Thomas Boehmer, best known for the hugely popular Revival in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

While there is a growing number of restaurants that have closed down since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic after dine-in service was initially shut down, and now that some customers are reluctant to return to restaurants that have reopened, the owners have cited the "decline in fine dining" as the reason for its closure.

"As the decline in fine dining continues in the restaurant industry as a whole, our vision for In Bloom has run its course," they said in a statement to Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's Stephanie March. 

The pair will keep Revival's Smoked Meats stand at Keg & Case, and say they have "more exciting announcements to come."

In Bloom opened in September 2018, since when Boehmer was named a semifinalist in the James Beard Awards "Best Chef" category in 2019, while the Star Tribune named it Restaurant of the Year in 2019.

You can find a running list of Minnesota restaurants that have closed since the pandemic started here.

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