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Angel Food Bakery leaving downtown for Texa-Tonka shopping center

Owner Katy Gerdes cited announcements from businesses not returning to downtown as a factor in the decision

Downtown doughnut staple Angel Food Bakery has announced it is moving to the suburbs, marking the latest business to announce a departure from downtown. 

After serving up sweets to downtown visitors for nine years, the bakery will set up shop in the newly renovated Texa-Tonka shopping center off of Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park. 

"With the continuing blows about offices and business not coming back any time soon, I have exhausted all my options for the business surviving in the downtown area," owner and chef Katy Gerdes announced on Instagram over the weekend.

It comes days after Target announced it would not be returning 3,500 corporate employees to its office in the City Center building, as the COVID-19 pandemic has seen it shift its staffing approach to a hybrid model involving a mixture of in-office and remote working.

The new Texa-Tonka spot allows Gerdes to share a patio with the latest location for celebrated chicken restaurant Revival, as well as Best of India and a new restaurant called Brito's Burritos. 

Gerdes said on Instagram she will also be adding a coffee bar using beans from St. Louis Park-based roaster Folly Coffee, as well as an "ice cream speakeasy" featuring her five-year-old mobile paletas business, FrioFrio.

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While a flurry of businesses have departed downtown, others, such as L'More Chocolat, Hark! Cafe, and Rand Tower Hotel have recently moved in. Shoreview-based Fortune 1000 financial service company Deluxe Corp. also announced a 16-year lease in the former TCF Building, bringing at least 500 employees into the area. 

"It’s a mixed bag right now, but the key here is that everyone is pausing and evaluating their own re-entry with their employees," Kevin Lewis, of the Building Owners and Managers Association, told Minnesota Monthly last month. 

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