No trend here.
The exodus of restaurants from Minneapolis – with its onerous regulations, psychotic city offices, minimum wage laws and constant flirting with more mandatory benefits for part-time workers – is claiming high-end restaurants and, now, long-time staples of the Minneapolis food scene:
After a 36-year run, Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is calling it quits.
“Thirty-six years is a long time to do anything,” said Keith Levit in a statement. Levit is son of founder Jack Levit. “We’ve been a staple in the community for much of that time and that’s something we’re very grateful for. It’s sad that it’s coming to an end here but we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
As the article notes, Nicollet Mall has seen three staple joints close in the past year or so.
No – no pattern here.