Long-serving St. Paul restaurant Pazzaluna is the latest to announce its permanent closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Morrissey family, which owns the Tuscan-style restaurant through Morrissey Hospitality, announced Saturday that it will close as of May 31. It opened in St. Paul in 1998.
"Our family has immense gratitude for all that have provided 'authentic hospitality' and gathered around the tables at Pazzaluna," said Elizabeth Brown, co-owner of Morrissey Hospitality.
"Together with my family and siblings – Arthur and Chris Morrissey, we thank our people, who are our family, and our guests for your loyalty and support for the past 21 years.
"We realize the Pazzaluna community is beyond its four walls, and we look forward to that bright day when we can serve you once more."
It's the latest in a growing line of permanent restaurant closures in the Twin Cities, amid an increasingly uncertain future for eateries even after they're allowed to reopen.
Gov. Tim Walz has suggested that restaurants might be able to reopen – with restrictions – on June 1, but with the virus still prevalent there's no guarantee that customers will be comfortable eating out so soon.
"Irrespective of when restrictions are lifted, we are not confident in the immediate return of customers who are worried about their health and family members," Morrissey said.
"Pazzaluna was created for our customers to enjoy each other's company in a sharing, vibrant atmosphere."
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Minnesota restaurants that have closed 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