Sanctuary restaurant closes its doors after New Year's Eve service

It had been in business near the Guthrie Theater since 2007.
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A Minneapolis restaurant said goodbye to 2019 and to its customers as it closed its doors at the end of service on New Year's Eve.

Sanctuary has shuttered after 12 years at 903 S. Washington Ave., a block away from the Guthrie Theater.

Its final service was on Tursday, with the restaurant posting pictures from its last night on Facebook, as it "wound down to the sad event of closing its doors forever this evening."

"We're not sure what will open in its place," the post added, before thanking customers for their support over the years.

"We will miss you. But we wish you a Happy New Year from the bottoms of our hearts."

For the final night, one of the restaurant's former head chefs, Patrick Atanalian, helped current head chef Marc Paavola for the last service.

Atanalian spent 10 years at Sanctuary, during which time he helped put the restaurant on the map with his five-course tasting menus.

It's the second recent closure in the area over the past month, with another restaurant close to the Guthrie, Spoonriver, shutting its doors in December.

It however will be replaced by a new venture by the team behind Birchwood Cafe, in collaboration with the Minnesota Farmers Union.

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