After 22 years, the D'Amico & Sons in Minneapolis' Uptown will be closing.
According to the Star Tribune, the original D'Amico & Sons location opened in that spot on Hennepin Avenue in 1994.
Since then, the casual Italian restaurant has opened seven other locations across the Twin Cities. It's also expanded into some Target stores and opened other restaurants like Cafe & Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis, Campiello in Eden Prairie and Parma 8200 in Bloomington. There are locations in Florida, as well.
Co-owner of D’Amico & Partners, Larry D’Amico, said this decision has to do with the fact that customers are "turning more to delivery than dining in," Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports.
But Dec. 30 – when the restaurant closes – doesn't mark the end of D'Amico & Sons in Uptown. The Business Journal says its food will still be available for delivery.
D’Amico tells WCCO it will start focusing more on the catering side of its business.
Employees have been offered jobs at other locations.
A listing for the building is already up online. You can check it out here.
The virtual restaurant trend
The concept of virtual restaurants is becoming pretty popular as more people prefer delivery to dining out.
Eater published an article in September explaining that this trend isn't just a Minnesota or U.S. thing. It's global.
Not only is it convenient to the customer, it's convenient to restaurant owners.
Virtual restaurants are significantly cheaper to start up and operate. Forget buying a big, fancy building with tables and chairs.
It also cuts operating costs because virtual restaurants won't need as many employees. They don't need servers, bussers, or hosts.
As more and more states push for higher minimum wages, virtual restaurants might also become a more favorable option to some businesses that might not be able to afford all of their employees anymore.