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Octo Fishbar in St. Paul the latest restaurant to close permanently

The restaurant was part of Market House Collaborative in Lowertown.
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Restaurants across the Twin Cities are continuing to close as they’re faced with continued economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Octo Fishbar in St. Paul is among the latest to shut its doors. The Twin Cities Eater reported the restaurant closed over the weekend. Octo’s Facebook page also states that it is permanently closed.

The seafood restaurant by award-winning chef Tim McKee opened its doors in Lowertown area in late 2017, but like so many restaurants in the Twin Cities has found itself facing a fight for survival amid the pandemic.

Octo had continued with takeout orders and reopened in line with Minnesota’s loosened guidelines in June, which allows restaurants to serve indoors at 50 percent capacity.

But McKee told the Pioneer Press that Octo wasn’t prepared to suffer revenue loss for five months. Even with dine-in service open, McKee said the restaurant’s business is down 50 percent.

The restaurant was part of the Market House Collaborative, an indoor and outdoor marketplace that also includes Markethouse Meats and Almanac Fish. The food hall first opened in 2017 and is also operated by McKnee. 

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The list of restaurants and other establishments forced to close during the pandemic continues to grow. The Wedge Table in the Whitter neighborhood of Minneapolis recently announced it would close through the rest of the year as it "reimagines the space" and determines its best way forward.

According to its website, the market, which also offers dine-in options, had seen customer counts and sales drop over the last several months. The company noted its locations in the Wedge and Linden Hills neighborhoods will remain open.

See here for a complete list of Twin Cities bars and restaurants that have closed during the pandemic. 

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