MSP - Temple Closed
From the new MSP Magazine blog "Foodie File" [Aside - couldn't they find something a little more creative?] (http://msp.blogs.com/foodiefile/), it looks like Temple gave up the ghost over the weekend.
(Insert naked sushi joke here.)
Temple Restaurant and Bar [CLOSED
]1201 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Wow...I guess the naked sushi was a last shot. I only ate there once but the food didn't inspire me enough to come back. I liked the bar area though and always wanted to come and hang there for happy hour..
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oh, the irony. given my posts on the thread about "cheering about a restaurant going out of business",
it would be so, so wrong of me to say anything other than: shucks, thom, you gave it a good go. i do hope that as a competent businessman, he evaluated his strengths and decided to close temple to concentrate on azia and his other restaurant during the recession, and that he's taken care of his staff at temple and helped them find new positions in his other restaurants and elsewhere.
pham's restaurant empire's concept is not my fave, yet right now i am very bummed to hear about any msp restaurant establishments folding. many of the smaller places are having a very hard time staying open, and the banks are scared silly at the prospect of giving out loans for new restaurants. r.i.p. temple. and i hope someone can make that pretty location work, it seems to be cursed. . .
This recession is going to lead to a major culling of the herd in the Twin Cities restaurant scene. Right now there are a lot of empty or half empty dining rooms in town. Some people on the wholesale end are nervous about losing their jobs which is a bad sign. A restaurant really has to be hitting it on every level to be sure of making it through the next year.