The Draft Horse announces it's closing after 3 years in Northeast Minneapolis

The Food Building has decided to open its own eatery and bar.
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After three years in Northeast Minneapolis' Food Building, the Draft Horse is bolting.

The bar and farm-to-table restaurant announced on its Facebook page that it will be leaving the space it rents from the Food Building, with its last day on Dec. 30.

The Food Building, which is home to artisan food makers Red Table and Baker's Field, is launching its own catering business and applying for a liquor license for its hub at 1401 Marshall St. NE.

As such, the Draft Horse has decided to exit rather than having two food and drink establishments on the same property competing against each other.

"It is an incredibly unfortunate situation as catering has been an important aspect to our business model," the Draft Horse posted on Facebook.

"It became evident that our futures were at odds. There was no clear path for both The Draft Horse and Food Building to prosper.

"We did not want to stand in the way of the success of our neighbors. It was not an easy decision, however, in the end unfortunately the one that made the most sense is for Food Building to acquire us."

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CityPages reports the Food Building intends to reveal its plans for the space in January.

The Draft Horse thanked its customers for their support, writing: "From the beginning we wanted to create a space where people were put first. Where our guests would feel like friends & our team was like family.

"We wanted to celebrate the interconnectedness of us all and highlight the relationships between farmers, makers and the table. We are incredibly grateful to all who have walked in our doors & helped us accomplish this."

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