I was saddened when I read this today, and I blogged about it on my other blog:
JP’s American Bistro Closed. Tragic.
I don't know anyone who ate there and DIDN'T enjoy it.
JP Samuelson has a fancy for local ingredients and always featured fabulous seasonal dishes. I, for one, wanted to kiss him the last time we were there.
It wasn't the food that caused jP to close. It couldn't have been the food. The food was so darn tasty.
In Dara's blog, JP is quoted saying:
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.
You can read the following statement on the jP website:
We are sorry we have to announce the closing of jP American Bistro after 5 and 1/2 years of serving our community. We want to thank all of the countless people who graced our doors and gave us a chance to serve them. It was a privilege and an honor.
Please stay tuned to our website for future updates. We are sorry we won't be able to serve you this holiday season but for those looking for holiday gatherings contact JP directly.
Once again, from all of staff past and present, thank you for sharing all of your memories, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, hopes and dreams. With the deepest repsect, Namaste.
jP, Cheryl and Evie
BOO! I say, BOO!
[where: Sustainable Food, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Minnesota]