Blackbird Cafe closes suddenly in Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis

The Nicollet Avenue eatery's closure was announced on Wednesday.
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After almost 13 years in south Minneapolis, the Blackbird Cafe has suddenly closed its doors.

Owner Todd Zallaps made the announcement on the cafe's Facebook page on Wednesday, saying his eatery at 38th and Nicollet had closed of that morning.

"It has been an uphill battle since I took over approximately a year and a half ago, and i can no longer justify trying to hang on," he wrote.

"We fought through the road closures, burglary, a dwindling talented work force, and ever increasing costs to try and provide a neighborhood establishment that was welcoming to all.

"Unfortunately, no matter how much we tried, it just wasn’t enough to keep this place relevant."

Zallaps took over from longtime owners Gail Mollner and Chris Stevens in 2018, with the Blackbird having moved to its current location in late 2010 after a devastating fire burned its original location at 50th and Bryant.

It shares the 38th and Nicollet intersection in Kingfield with several other food establishments, namely Nighthawks Diner, Five Watt Coffee, Cocina Latina, and Kyatchi.

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Zallaps paid tribute to his staff in his post as well as his customers, finishing with: "Thanks again and keep supporting your independent neighborhood restaurants!"

It's not the only eatery to close in Minneapolis this week, following on not only from the shutdown of Red's Savoy in Uptown, but also City Works in downtown.

WCCO's Jason DeRusha tweeted that the sports bar at 7th and Hennepin, in the recently-opened Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Buiding, had closed its doors.

Although no announcement has been made officially, the restaurant's social media pages have been removed, and it is listed as being permanently closed on Google.

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