The latest Twin Cities restaurant to announce a permanent closure because of the coronavirus pandemic is Minneapolis' Bar Luchador.
The Stadium Village eatery will not be reopening following the enforced closure in mid-March caused by the outbreak of the pandemic, which resulted in Gov. Tim Walz issuing an executive order that suspends dine-in service at bars and restaurants.
On Monday, chef/owner Angelo Pennacchio announced he's closing his business because of the ongoing uncertainty even when restaurants are allowed to open again,.
"Well dudes, there is no easy way to say this, but Bar Luchador will not be reopening, we are closing the doors for good," he wrote.
"We could keep scratching and clawing our way through these strange weeks and months and try and keep fighting ... but I really don't know what the restaurant world is going to look like when this is all said and done, and I just don't know if we would have been able to make it, so we are packing it in."
Pennacchio was working at fellow Stadium Village eatery Stub & Herb's in 2015 when he teamed up with owner Josh Zavadil and colleague Regan Haffele to open Bar Luchador, serving Mexican street food-inspired dishes.
"I've said so many times that Bar Luchador has the best customers, and I've always meant it," he said. "I want to thank everyone that came to the restaurant during the first year when I really didn't have any idea what the hell I was doing."
Bar Luchador becomes the latest in a growing list of restaurant closures resulting from the pandemic, with other notable names including The Bachelor Farmer, Egg & I, El Burrito Minneapolis, and Muddy Waters.
Gov. Tim Walz addressed the challenges facing the industry during his Monday press conference, and said his administration is working closely with hospitality leaders to lay out a path for restaurants and bars to reopen, but didn't want to set a date only to then have to push it back.
He also said he's discussing whether options such as reopenings with restricted customer numbers would be financially viable for many businesses.
Reuters is reporting that in Texas, restaurants, stores and malls have been allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity, but the early signs are that people are still staying home.