Birch's Lowertown, a restaurant and taproom in St. Paul, will close for good on Oct. 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release says.
The restaurant, located at 289 E 5th St. inside the Market House Collaborative in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood, announced the closure on Tuesday.
“Before COVID-19 the restaurant and taproom were doing very well,” owner Burt Joseph said in a release. “Our lower-level piano bar was filled every week with customers enjoying our live music.
"Unfortunately, when we were able to reopen after the mandated closure, we were the only restaurant in Market House Collaborative to do so and we weren’t able to regain any momentum," Joseph added. "The shortened Saint season and reduced capacity also contributed and we didn’t see the traffic we anticipated.”
Birch's opened its Lowertown location in 2018. The first location, Birch's on the Lake at 1310 Wayzata Blvd. overlooks Long Lake in the City of Long Lake, will remain open.
“We are keeping the piano bar experience alive by moving it to our Long Lake location,” Joseph said. “We took out our very long communal tables and replaced them with small cocktail tables to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Guests will be able to enjoy the same live music and ambiance downstairs in our redesigned brewhouse. We will truly miss the Lowertown neighborhood and hope customers will make the trip out to Long Lake.”
Birch's Lowertown will stay open through Oct. 17 with full service and beer to go. The hours are 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
Birch's Lowertown is the latest restaurant to permanently close during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a running list of the others.