Bunny's Northeast says it won't reopen June 1, will stop takeout

It doesn't mean the end for the popular bar and restaurant.
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While bars and restaurants in Minnesota can open for patio dining from June 1, one popular Minneapolis establishment says it won't be doing so.

Bunny's Bar and Grill in Northeast Minneapolis has said that not only does it not intend to open for patio dining, it's also decided to close down for takeout "effective immediately."

Gov. Tim Walz's latest step in the state's response to the coronavirus would allow bars and restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining with a maximum capacity of 50 customers.

But Bunny's, which also has a location in St. Louis Park, says that with limited capacity on its patio, it's not feasible to open back up for now.

Unlike an increasing number of other Twin Cities restaurants however, its closure isn't a permanent one, saying "we look forward to reopening and seeing everyone soon."

"We have decided to close down for take out effective immediately," the owners wrote on Facebook.

"We have thought long and hard about this, and it makes more business sense to wait to be open when our dining room and bar can be used. The thought of only being able to have 15 people on a patio doesn’t work in our industry.

"We want everyone to stay safe and when we reopen we will be following the guidelines to make sure we are doing our part to keep people safe!!"

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On Saturday. Gov. Walz said it's unlikely he'll make any changes to the patio-only rule prior to June 1, despite him agreeing to loosen rules for church services following complaints from Catholic and Lutheran leaders.

Bunny's isn't the only eatery not reopening due to lack of patio space, with Blue Plate Restaurant Group saying Mercury Dining Room & Rail and Shindig Event Space will close temporarily beginning Monday.

You can find a list of restaurants that have closed in Minnesota since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived here.

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