jP American Bistro got killed by the City of Minneapolis and their inability to efficiently execute a road construction job. Their last day of business was this past Sunday. Chef owner JP Samuelson is quoted in this blog entry on MinnesotaMonthly.com:
"The construction [endless, at Lake and Lyndale] finally got to us. With the economy, the construction, Minneapolis property taxes--after our first year, because the property had been redone, our taxes went up by three-thousand dollars a month. Nobody had budgeted for that. The construction was supposed to happen in one year, but they came back and started on Lake Street, and at some point you have to cut your losses."
I'll miss your smoked paprika fries, JP. And your margherita pizza, and your vegetarian seasonal pastas. Come back soon.
There was also that one restaurant that opened for a week then closed because of the construction: Arona's, is it? I'm sure all the restaurants on that corner are having a tough time. Sad to see such a good one go. I hope my boy Blake at The Herkimer is doing alright, especially since he's about to open moto-i in the old Machu Picchu space.