End of an era in Minneapolis, with Curran's Restaurant closing its doors

Its last day of operation will be this Sunday.
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This weekend marks an end of an era in south Minneapolis, with Curran's Restaurant closing its doors.

The throwback restaurant, which offers a taste of small-town dining – and prices – in the Twin Cities, has occupied the spot at 42nd and Nicollet since 1948.

But last month, it was revealed that the location was under contract and the subject of a planning application to build a 5-story, 82-unit apartment complex.

Owner Dennis Curran told the Star Tribune that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a major toll on business, as it has many other restaurants in the Twin Cities, and at the age of 68 he decided it was time to retire.

The restaurant confirmed to BMTN that this Sunday will be its last day in business, giving diners one last chance to grab a cheap slice of pie.

It was originally opened as a 14' by 14' drive-in restaurant built by Mike Curran and his father John in 1948, and six years later added a counter with stools inside, followed by an electronic "two-way car-to-kitchen ordering system" that it boasts was the first of its kind in the Twin Cities.

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The restaurant expanded to an 84-seat dining room and coffee shop in 1974, with Dennis Curran joining his father Mike as a partner in 1977. The drive-in service was discontinued a year later.

"Curran's has changed with the times while striving to maintain the quality of food and service that have accompanied Curran's name for more than seven decades," the restaurant says on its website.

"That quality would not have been possible without the hard work and loyalty of many, many employees."

Here's a list of restaurants that have closed in the Twin Cities since the COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year.

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