Glockenspiel, popular St. Paul German pub, abruptly closes its doors


The culinary gods giveth, and they taketh away. In St. Paul, they're doing both this month.

On Sunday night, The Glockenspiel, a popular German restaurant, made a sudden announcement on Facebook that it would be closing – that day.


The surprise decision is the result of a disagreement with the landlord over the lease, the restaurant indicated. Glockenspiel has been in business since 2000, and according to its website, it is owned by Martin Ziegler, who came from the "Southern Black Forest region" of Germany and brought family recipes with him.

Though Glockenspiel is now closed, fans of the restaurant – which specializes in (of course) German dishes and authentic German beers – will have one last chance to belly up and say goodbye. The bar will be open a final time Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"We are saddened to have to do this," the announcement said. "You have been our friends and family for so many years, and want to THANK YOU so much for all the good times and the patronage."

Nonetheless, the company's catering business will continue out of Deutschland Meats, a butcher shop in Lindstrom, according to the Facebook post.

New life in an old space

The Pioneer Press is reporting that Parco 400, a new Italian restaurant, will take over the former space of Trattoria Da Vinci in the Lowertown neighborhood. Da Vinci closed after 16 years this past summer.

The paper says Parco 400 is under the leadership of chef Troy Unruh, who hails from St. Paul but spent years in New York studying under world-famous chefs.

There's no exact opening date, though the restaurant's website says it's coming in early 2016.

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