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After 25 years, sun to set on landmark lakeside restaurant


Just in time for dining al fresco, a new restaurant will open in the space that Sunsets Wayzata has occupied for 25 years.

City Pages reports that the longtime restaurant overlooking Lake Minnetonka will serve its final dinner on Sunday, March 2.

By early summer, the space will house a new restaurant. The owners of Sunsets, Brian Prose and Paul Swenson, have sold it to Dean Vlahos and a business partner. Vlahos is the founder of Champps Americana, with nine Minnesota locations, and the Redstone Grills, with five locations in the metro area. While details of the new concept have not been released, City Pages suggests that the name, menu and decor will be changed.

The restaurant has invited friends and fans to chime in on the Sunsets Facebook page with their stories, memories and pictures.

The Business Journal had a hint of what is in the works for the space, reporting that restaurant consultant Tobie Nidetz put a photo of Sunsets on his Facebook page along with a post that read, "I have a high profile client looking for a chef to bring him a knockout menu for his new venture on the Lake Minnetonka waterfront due to open late spring."

KSTP reported there is another Sunsets location in Woodbury, but it is unclear if that east metro location was purchased along with the Wayzata property.

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