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Wedge Table restaurant in Minneapolis closes this July after six years in business.
The Eat Street spot on 2412 S Nicollet Ave. features a market, cafe, kitchen / kitchen, bakery, and catering, but it closes July 12 and the building is being sold, according to the Twin Cities Co-op Partners (TCCP) which operates the Wedge Table as well as the Linden Hills Co-op and the Wedge Community Co-op.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, customer numbers and sales at the wedge table have fallen dramatically. People stopped coming in because they couldn’t or didn’t have to gather, ”the website says. “Through the pandemic, we held out as long as we were financially able to keep our employees, but the business model and reduced capacity operations did not work.”
TCCP says it will now consolidate its resources and focus its efforts on its “core activities” including the aforementioned cooperatives and Co-op Partners Warehouse in St. Paul, a wholesale operation that supplies organic products to retailers.
As a result of the closure of the wedge table, TCCP will outsource the bread operation and neither operate the communal kitchen nor offer catering services. Provisional and baked goods will still be available, however, and TCCP is currently moving production of the items to its two retail stores.
The raw materials at the Wedge Table will be transferred to the retail stores and TCCP is working on placing employees in other locations and at the same time helping others “through the transition”, according to the website.
The number of people who will be laid off has not yet been determined, Josh Resnik, the group’s CEO, told the Star Tribune.
The wedge table opened in 2015.