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Indian restaurant in downtown, pizza joint in Northeast announce closures

Pizza Nea is saying goodbye after 17 years.

A pair of restaurants in and near downtown Minneapolis have announced they're closing down.

Pizza Nea, which has been serving its wood-fire Neapolitan-style pizzas on Hennepin Avenue in the Nicollet Island/East Bank neighborhood for the past 17 years, is closing its doors.

"Hey you guys! We love every last one on you," owner Mike Sherwood wrote on Facebook.

"Thank you for 17 beautiful years. We will be closing at the end of Saturday Nights business. Please stop by to say see you later. Best employees/customers ever!"

The restaurant made headlines in 2017, when Sherwood came to the attention for political posts he made on his restaurant's Facebook page.

He told City Pages most of the complaints were from "online trolls" and only a few customers said they wouldn't be returning, with many more instead telling him they'd be frequenting the restaurant more regularly.

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Another closure confirmed this week is the Copper Pot Indian Grill in downtown Minneapolis.

It opened its doors seven years ago this month, taking over the space in the Lumber Exchange building at 5th Street and Hennepin that was formerly home to another upmarket Indian restaurant, OM.

It's closure has been confirmed to the Star Tribune by a representative for the Lumber Exchange.

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