Iconic Duluth restaurant cuts services after worker gets COVID-19

A large part of the restaurant and bar is temporarily closed.
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Grandma's Saloon & Grill

A beloved Duluth restaurant is partially closing up shop due to the coronavirus. 

Grandma's Saloon & Grill, famous for sponsoring the popular marathon that bears its name, announced this weekend that an employee at its Canal Park location tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, the establishment is temporarily closing its downstairs dining rooms and kitchens, according to a Friday Facebook post:

"During this closure, we will be asking all employees who have had close contact with this employee to self-quarantine for 14 days at the direction of the Minnesota Department of Health," the post says. "We will also be continuing to deep clean and sanitize our building on an ongoing basis." 

The upstairs pub and patio will remain open, as they are serviced by a "separate kitchen and staff."

In the post, Grandma's staff also said that they've taken many measures to ensure safety throughout the pandemic, such as enforcing mask usage among all employees, instituting "vigorous handwashing and personal sanitization practices" and redesigning seating arrangements "to exceed the state rules for social distancing."

"We will continue to be vigilant on this front," the restaurant added.

Grandma's has two other locations: one in Duluth's Miller Hill Mall, and another in Virginia, Minnesota. The Canal Park restaurant is the company's original location. 

It's one of multiple Minnesota restaurants to shut down temporarily due to COVID-19 infections among staff; this month, at least six in the Twin Cities closed, while at least one bar in Rochester closed.

One of those establishments will not be coming back. On July 16, award-winning Twin Cities chef Gavin Kaysen announced that his Wayzata restaurant, Bellecour, would be closed permanently

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