Cafe 128 Closing (MSP)
- autmommy Jun 26, 2007 07:15 PM
Saturday after dinner. They couldn't come to an agreement on a lease with their landlord. It's too bad, I really enjoyed that place, it felt like eating dinner at a friend's house.
That stinks - wonderful place.
Luckily there are more than a few empty store fronts in St Paul right now. Hopefully they can find a new spot soon.
Oh, woe! Cafe 128 is one of those great, been-there-forever standbys that always provides a great meal. I really hope they can relocate and reopen. Perhaps their web site will have some news eventually.
And now I'm craving their amazing appetizer of roasted garlic, chutney, and goat cheese. Yeah, I can make my own (Epicurious has the recipe), but it's better at the restaurant.
Went for dinner tonight (got the ribs, of course, and an amazing glass of cabernet) and asked the host directly whether B&N were planning to open up someplace else.
She said that the owners had moved on emotionally some time ago, especially since they have two children now. They are not looking for another location. This is it.
Everyone, close your eyes and remember the your favorite local band's last tour. Husker Du, Semisonic, Suicide Commandos, Replacements, Jayhawks, Gear Daddies, Zuzu's Petals, Hoopsnakes, SPCO with Zubin Mehta, whomever. Did you go? Uh-huh. And have the occasional reunions resonated anywhere near as well? Of course not.
Now: Aquavit, Auriga, Cafe 128. See? Call these guys right now to get a reservation. The best danged basement in the universe of food is not coming back.
Hey, did you see Nancy Ngo's column in today's Pioneer Press? One of the former staff at Cafe 128 is re-opening the place, hopefully at end of October, with many of the original folks and...the original recipes! Yippee!