After more than two years in south Minneapolis, Xavi restaurant is calling time.
Owners Michael Agan and James Elm confirmed on the restaurant's social media pages Sunday that they have closed the eatery at 5607 Chicago Avenue South.
"It’s been hard, but we have come to the conclusion of Xavi restaurant," they wrote.
"The last 2 and 1/2 years have been filled with joy, pain, a tremendous amount of growth, some amazing food, the best, best people. The people in the neighborhood, the foodies that sought us out, the incredible staff, have made this journey worthwhile."
"Closing up shop is hard, and we didn’t make this decision lightly," they added. "But in the end, we couldn’t make it work for everyone.
"We are grateful and humbled by the efforts of our staff over this time, truly the best part of work was the people."
The small restaurant was well received by diners and critics alike, with the Star Tribune's Rick Nelson among its fans, saying it "redefined the neighborhood restaurant."
It opened its doors in June 2016 a few doors down from the Kowalski's on Chicago Avenue, helmed by industry veterans Agan and Elm, who according to Eater.com had been friends for more than 20 years but it was their first time owning a restaurant.