Haute Dish has closed, Loring Pasta Bar sold and will reopen LRx: Loring & Pharmacy Bar

Tater Tot Hautedish at Haute Dish // Photo via Haute Dish's website

Tater Tot Hautedish at Haute Dish // Photo via Haute Dish’s website

Just days after Victory 44 closed its doors, another lauded Minneapolis restaurant, Haute Dish, has shuttered.

The last day for the North Loop restaurant, which built a reputation for playful twists on classic Midwestern cuisine, was Monday, July 31. Owner David Walters spoke with the Star Tribune’s Rick Nelson about the closure, expressing his gratitude for their seven years of operation.

It’s the second closing of the three restaurants once helmed by Landon Schoenefeld, who left the restaurant industry to focus on his mental and physical health back in late 2016. Birdie, the chef’s table concept that served multi-hour, multi-course feasts, ceased regular operations in May, leaving only Nighthawks still open for business.

In Dinkytown, Monday also saw the abrupt closure of Loring Pasta Bar, which opened in 2001 and was a fixture on SE Fourth Street. Though management told employees to collect their final paychecks Tuesday, the restaurant is getting new life, according to a report in City Pages. Jason McLean, the owner of Loring Pasta Bar who is alleged to have sexually abused five female students when he was an instructor at Children’s Theater Company in the 1980s, is selling the business to longtime Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater manager Joe Henkin and his business partners Lynn Nyman and Joe Kennedy.

The restaurant will reopen as LRx: Loring & Pharmacy Bar (a nod to the building’s former tenant, Gray’s Drugstore) and will be staff-owned and -operated. After a brief period to renovate the space and update the menu, the team plans to reopen August 9.