Skip to main content

Another Twin Cities restaurant closes for good, this time Bar Luchador

It follows on the heels of Muddy Waters and Bachelor Farmer shutting down.
Bar Luchador

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.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.


Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.


Moose and Sadie's

Moose and Sadie's the latest Twin Cities restaurant to close

The coffee shop and cafe has become a fixture of the North Loop.

Screen Shot 2020-09-21 at 8.23.17 AM

Minneapolis restaurant Bardo closes for good

The restaurant switched from fine dining to a casual concept in hopes of surviving the pandemic.

Screen Shot 2020-06-17 at 10.52.34 AM

Outback Steakhouse closes for good in Roseville

It's the latest Twin Cities restaurant to shut its doors amid the pandemic.

Screen Shot 2020-06-17 at 3.12.44 PM

Minnesota's 'first Japanese restaurant' to close permanently

It shut down temporarily in May, and now says it won't be returning.

Screen Shot 2020-05-24 at 2.18.26 PM

Fig & Farro the latest Twin Cities restaurant to close permanently

The plant-based eatery said there's too much uncertainty in the industry.

Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 10.42.01 AM

New Bohemia closes its original Twin Cities location

The Northeast Minneapolis restaurant has shut down.