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After 20 years, Chino Latino closes in Uptown

The Asian-fusion restaurant closed for good Monday, citing the pandemic and changing neighborhood.

After 20 years in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood, the popular restaurant China Latino closed Monday. 

The Asian-fusion restaurant, which is owned by Parasole, announced the closure Monday, with Kip Clayton telling BMTN: "We are taking the steps required for Parasole to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. Unfortunately, this requires making some tough decisions in the short term including today’s closure of Chino Latino."

Chino Latino said there is a "range of factors" that led to the decision to close the restaurant, including "the fact that the hospitality and retail scene in Uptown (specifically the corner of Lake and Hennepin) has changed dramatically over the last several years, making it challenging to deliver on the experience Chino and Parasole are renowned for," a statement says. 

That, coupled with the pandemic, led Parasole to close Chino. But the restaurant group notes that there is the possibility of reopening Chino "at some point in the future in a new location."

Parasole also owns Pittsburgh Blue, Manny's Steakhouse, Salut and the Good Earth restaurants. 

Chino Latino is the latest restaurant to close since the start of the pandemic. Here's a running list of others.

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