More restaurants have closed amid the coronavirus pandemic

Add this Apple Valley and St. Paul restaurant to the list of closures.
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It appears a few more restaurants have permanently closed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Minnesota. 

Cleveland Wok in St. Paul posted on Facebook on May 13 that it has permanently closed. 

"Thank you everyone who has reached out to us for the past couple months in regards to our restaurant. We really appreciate all your concerns about the restaurant and our well beings. Due to unforeseen circumstances and the current world pandemic that we are living in, we have decided to permanently close the Cleveland Wok," the post said. 

"We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts that has supported us for 20-plus years. It has been an awesome journey. Thank you."

According to the Pioneer Press, the owner said he decided to close the restaurant for good due to the fire that has kept the restaurant closed since February 2019 (he planned to reopen in March) and the uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Meanwhile, social media posts indicate the Old Chicago in Apple Valley has closed for good. However, the restaurant chain's website does not indicate the store is permanently closed, only that the Minnesota locations have closed temporarily due to the coronavirus. A call to the store on Wednesday went unanswered. 

Old Chicago closed its St. Cloud location earlier this year after the franchise owner decided not to renew the lease, leaving the Apple Valley store and three others in Duluth, Eden Prairie and Roseville still in business in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, CraftWorks Holdings LLC, the parent company of Old Chicago, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, the Loveland Reporter-Herald said. The documents noted CraftWorks planned to close 37 of its 338 restaurants but did not list the restaurants that would be closed.

Bring Me The News contacted CraftWorks Holdings LLC, but has not heard back.

A raft of notable restaurants have announced their permanent closure following the restaurant and bar shutdown in March, with some saying that even when the stay-at-home order is lifted, there's no guarantee they'll be able to stay afloat if the virus is still prevalent.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, several Minnesota restaurants have closed. They include: 

  • Mission American Kitchen
  • Cheese Louise
  • Sleepy V’s
  • Egg & I
  • El Burrito Mercado Mpls
  • Izzy’s St. Paul
  • 4 Bells
  • Bachelor Farmer
  • NE Arcade
  • Muddy Waters
  • Bar Luchador

Gov. Tim Walz closed restaurants and bars to dine-in customers in mid-March. They may be allowed to reopen to customers on June 1.

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