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Seward Co-Op's Creamery Cafe to remain closed over COVID concerns

They say they'll reassess the decision later this fall.

A neighborhood fixture in the Seward community will keep its doors locked and the boards on the windows for the time being. 

Seward Co-Op, which runs two grocery stores in south Minneapolis, has announced that its Creamery Cafe — located at 2601 E. Franklin Ave — will stay closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns. 

The cafe, known for its locally sourced dishes, beers and wines, initially shut down on March 16, a day after an employee at one of the co-op's grocery stores tested positive for coronavirus.

While that store has since reopened, the cafe has stayed closed, and Seward Co-Op announced in a Friday news release that there are currently "no plans" to re-open it. 

While restaurants in Minneapolis are allowed to operate under strict guidelines, the release says there are "still concerns" regarding the organization's ability to implement safety measures (such as limiting capacity and social distancing) in the cafe space.

The co-op also cited a recent CDC report that said adults with positive COVID-19 test results "were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant" than those with negative results.

"We will evaluate this decision later in the fall to determine when reopening will occur," Seward's statement says. 

As for the employees, the release says they've been temporarily reassigned to jobs in the co-op's grocery stores.

As of Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health has recorded 51 bars and restaurants tied to coronavirus outbreaks. You can check out a list of them by clicking right here. 

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