Another blow for Mpls. dining: 2 well-known restaurants to close

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Two prominent restaurants in Minneapolis will close this month.

After seeing highly-rated Vincent: A Restaurant, La Belle Vie and Masa announce their own closure plans in recent months, The Business Journal reports The Loring Kitchen and Bar is following suit.

The eatery, near Loring Park, will shut its doors on Dec. 14, the Journal says. (Note: Loring Kitchen and Bar is not affiliated with Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.)

And nine days later, Origami Sushi in the North Loop will do the same.

Charles Levine, son of owner Robert Levine, told the Star Tribune "we couldn't make ends meet," sentiments echoed by other upmarket restaurants in recent months which have seen fewer people come through the doors.

The newspaper notes that the restaurant, located in the Eitel Building City Apartments, has been open for six years and was "one of the few eating-and-drinking establishments that takes full advantage of its proximity to the city's much-vaunted park system."

The reason for Origami's exit from the trendy North Loop is somewhat different, with CityPages reporting that demand for property in the area is so high, its owner was given an "offer he couldn't refuse."

The sushi diner has been open for 26 years and owner Kiminobu Ichikawa is preparing for retirement, the paper notes.

The Business Journal reports the Origami restaurant in Uptown will remain open, while the person buying the North Loop building is considering it as a site for a new restaurant, as well as condominiums.

CityPages says Origami has been the winner of a number of its "Best Of" awards and comes on the heels of Shag Sushi on North Washington Avenue being replaced with a Rojo Mexican Grill in November.

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