Il Gatto: CLOSED

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The kitty is no more
Il Gatto, the Parasole-owned restaurant anchor in Calhoun Square at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, served its last diner Saturday night.

The restaurant struggled to find its footing after the parent company transformed it about two years ago from its previous incarnation, Figlio, which had operated at the corner since 1984.  

Here are the details on the closing:

Il Gatto opened to mixed reviews, but the company brought in James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee to consult on some menu revisions. The overhauled menu was well received, and included bringing back a few of Figlio's greatest hits (like the tortellini in cream sauce),  but the concept never caught on. Il Gatto had changed its menu again as recently as December 13.

The news was announced Sunday morning. The press release stated:

The closing came about because Il Gatto was unable to align the economics of operating the restaurant with the cost of occupying the premises. Parasole restaurants have been a major presence in Uptown for 27 years. "We continue to believe in the viability of the Uptown community," said Kip Clayton, vice president. "Parasole is Uptown's largest restaurant employer and is experiencing strong sales at our other restaurants in the area, including the Uptown Cafeteria, Burger Jones, and Chino Latino."

Il Gatto gift cards will be honored at the company's other restaurants. A complete list of Parasole restaurants can be found at www.parasole.com.


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Jsuko
Jsuko

Someone smart will bring Figlio back...it was a cash cow for all those years and can be that once again!

TooBadSoSad
TooBadSoSad

Terrible management leads to demise every time. Great food from a great chef - just too bad they hired a bowling alley manager to be the GM. She was an idiot. Nuff said....

Mwmwagner
Mwmwagner

I visit Uptown far less often than in the past, due mostly to two bonehead decisions: Dramatically increased parking rates in the Calhoun Square ramp (No one should be forced to pay $12.00 to park for the duration of a meal in Uptown); Parasole's decision to end happy hour at 6PM (ignoring the crossover effect of diners/drinkers opting to stay for more dining/drinking).

Mnjoe5078
Mnjoe5078

Duplex closed too but not big enough to warrant an article. The restaurant landscape is constantly changing - what's hot today, isn't tomorrow.  I never wanted to go there after Figlio's closed.  Hopefully, something interesting will open in that space. A new Uptown bar, perhaps?

Andrew
Andrew

I hate to admit it, but this was one of my favorite restaurants, and I usually go for the foodie type places (Haute Dish, Brasa, etc).  The food was excellent, great service, all around solid.  I recently had a Pork Shoulder with Polenta that left me reminiscing about the dish days after.

GTMShogun
GTMShogun

thanks :) I made that Porchetta, and I hope to serve it again somewhere else!

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I heard they were going to try to put a Ruby Tuesday in that spot now.

Good
Good

What kind of shit "restaurant" has a big screen TV hovering over every table?  Fuck that place, it should have closed sooner.

Kevin
Kevin

Can anyone explain to me what's going on in uptown?  It seems like everything is closing and all we have left are vacant lots and empty storefronts.  What gives?

DP
DP

Gentrification and all of the dipshit Edina/St Louis Park/Golden Valleyites who shop at the brand-stores that belong in a mall, not in a once-thriving residential/commercial neighborhood.

Anna Lieder
Anna Lieder

I was never going to eat there cuz with a name like Il gatto, all I could think of was a sick cat...as my food... 

VE
VE

Corporate dining is lame, calhoun square is just another mall, and uptown is not cool, OK? But I considered menu revision #2 at iL Gatto a big success. It's about execution and creativity. MSP has few, good, authentic Tuscan / north italy style dining options. Not that's what il Gatto was about, but that's where they took their cues. Did 'we' not get it? Has that ship sailed for us? See you at Applebees. Quit whining about Figlio. Best advice...get to Grand Cafe or Tilia.  

Fred Aboge
Fred Aboge

 this was a bad move from the start! You have a working and profitable business in Figlios with a young but mobile crowd and you turn the joint into some upper class environment! Youre in uptown not Minnetonka!

Honestly
Honestly

Rare misstep by Parasole but I can't say I'm surprised on this one: it just wasn't unique enough to warrant the classic Parasole "good-but-not-great" cuisine. You can't really open an Edina/Eden Prairie/St. Louis Park-level Italian joint in a place like Uptown. They seemed to concede their mistake at the outset by having a Figlio section on their menu. While Figlio was outdated, people were used to it. Now the question is whether Parasole will keep that great location for a new restaurant.

Matt
Matt

What is so special about Edina, Eden Prairie, or SLP?  They are all cookie cutter/homogenized suburbs with very few unique options.  The uptown area has plenty more to offer.  Beautiful lakes, biking/walking paths, stunning homes and so much more to do year round.     

Mark S.
Mark S.

85% of all restaurants and bars close within the first 2 years of opening.  Nothing shocking here.

beardy
beardy

They got a hot azn bartender, where my spose to get her # from now son? Cmon!

Christopherstorlie
Christopherstorlie

Thank god this is over, it has been dragged on like a dirty rag for years now. Biggest mistake was CLOSING Figlio, it was such a loss. Now, we can expect another Figlio want to be to go in and fail. Oh well.

Amore
Amore

Chris is this you? The guy who started save Figilios FB?

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