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Jun 3, 2013 12:37 PM

Birdhouse Closed?

Just saw on Facebook that the Birdhouse has closed. Any word on what happened?

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  1. I imagine it has something to do with burning through chefs and a public that doesn't want to pay $10 for a tin of baby food.

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    1. re: american_idle

      Obviously there were management issues with staff turnover.

      But there was also a marketing problem. There was such an emphasis on "healthy" food at the beginning. If I'm going out to eat, I don't care. I just want good food. The term "healthy" brings up images that most MN residents don't care to consider when dining out. Do most MN residents want to go out for spinach or peas or carrots or chicken breasts or white fish? I'm not saying that is what was on the menu exactly, but those are some of the images that come to mind when you call yourself a "healthy" restaurant. I just don't think that is what most MN residents want when they go out to eat.

      The marketing was 90% of the reason I never ate there and I'm guess I wasn't the only one. They'll be fine, Heidi's is still in the elite of the elite when it comes to dining in this town.

      1. re: Db Cooper

        It was also the atmosphere. It was like eating in your grandmother's basement, and the hospice-staff that changed her sheets were more often than not having their own meal in the corner. Also it just wasn't interesting food.

    2. In a word, it sucked. The "charcuterie" on my visit consisted od discs of summer sausage halved on the diagonal. The pork dish had too juch horseradish that it was inedible. There was no sense whatsoever to dessert portions and pricing. And the place was understaffed.

      Heidi's is so very good, and this place was so very bad. Hard to believe the Woodmans ran both.