The Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar to close permanently

A lot of restaurants and bars are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 shutdown.
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Acclaimed Minneapolis restaurant The Bachelor Farmer and its basement cocktail venue Marvel Bar are closing for good.

The restaurant, bar and cafe, all owned by brothers Eric and Andrew Dayton, will shutter permanently having initially closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown in mid-March. 

On the same day that Gov. Tim Walz announced the shutdown of dine-in service at restaurants and bars will continue till May 18, Eric Dayton said he has "reached the very difficult decision that we will not reopen."

"As you know, the future of hospitality is incredibly uncertain and over the past month, we have tried our best to navigate this uncharted territory," he said.

"We have explored the option of takeout, most likely evolving into a hybrid model of takeout and reduced-capacity dining room service in the months ahead, but there’s just no way for that level of business to support the financial weight of our company and the building we call home.

"We were already walking a fine line before COVID-19, and given that no one knows how long the impacts of this pandemic will last, or what the new normal will be, I do not see a viable path forward."

The restaurant was known for its eco-conscious, locally-sourced Scandinavian inspired menu, while Marvel Bar won numerous awards for its cocktail menu.

Dayton said that every employee received six weeks pay while furloughed, and will continue to receive health benefits through May 31.

Any unused gift cards can be used at Askov Finlayson, also owned by the Daytons.

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"The loss fills me with sadness, but I am also overwhelmed with gratitude. We had the privilege of serving you for almost nine years," Dayton said.

"I want to thank Mayor Frey and Governor Walz for their steady leadership through this crisis. I strongly support the decisive steps they’ve taken to protect our collective wellbeing and this decision is not a result of their actions, which have been commensurate with the crisis we face.

"Lastly, to our friends in the Minneapolis restaurant community: It has been an honor to be in your company and I believe in your ability to overcome these unprecedented challenges. Hospitality will be more important than ever as we heal from the shared trauma of this experience and I know you will continue to raise the bar for many years to come."

It's the latest permanent closure announced this week, with El Burrito Minneapolis and Izzy's Ice Cream St. Paul announcing shutdowns.

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