Baker Michelle Gayer has multiple James Beard Awards, even more nominations, and routinely features on "best of" lists across the food industry. She even taught Andrew Zimmern how to make, in his words, the "perfect pie crust."
But the Minneapolis location of her bakery, Salty Tart, just wasn't working anymore. On Tuesday, the shop posted a closing notice on Instagram – and at 3 p.m., the doors were locked for good.
"Thanks for all the love and support a girl could wish for," the post says, noting the St. Paul location is still very much open.
The Minneapolis shop had taken over the location at 2940 Harriet Ave. S. just last year, after departing its longtime spot in Midtown Global Market.
So what happened?
Gayer told the Star Tribune she's "exhausted" from maintaining multiple locations, and wants to spend more time with her children.
Also facing an uncertain future is the Salty Tart's location at MSP Airport.
As she put it to the Southwest Journal, “We’ve decided to focus our energy in one place."
That means the St. Paul Salty Tart (289 East 5th Street) will get all Gayer's attention. Unlike the bakery in Minneapolis, this one is a full cafe with breakfast and brunch options such as avocado toast, egg sandwiches and a roasted veggie sandwich.
And of course the made-from-scratch-every-day pastries, breads and cakes are still available.
"Grab your passport and meet me on the other side of the river in St. Paul," the Instagram post says. "11 years of baking and now it’s time to focus on our sweet St Paul cafe."