El Meson closes

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Longtime Lyndale mainstay El Meson, Closes Their Doors.

Longtime Lyndale mainstay El Meson is closing its doors. The announcement was made this morning on the homepage of its website. 

El Meson was the recipient of the City Pages 2011 Best Tapas award. It is known not only for their tapas, but also for its paellas and sangrias.

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El Meson's Tomato Salad
In a statement on their website, owners Erin Ungerman and chef Hector Ruiz wrote: 

"I write this with a heavy heart. Sadly, we have made the very difficult descion to close our doors at El Meson. We appreciate all of your support over the years and hope to see you at Cafe Ena. 
 
Sincerely, 
Erin Ungerman & Hector Ruiz"

Cafe Ena is at 4601 Grand Ave. S. in Minneapolis.


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Aaron Kim
Aaron Kim

so sad... had some good times there.

jamesbonde
jamesbonde

huh, I wonder why they closed.?..would it be because they're so drowned in debt with the IRS and therefore aren't able to maintain the place nor pay their employees?

Amanduh
Amanduh

There's a story at SouthwestMinneapolis.Patch.com that says they closed because they've been fighting with the landlord about repairs and improvements for a couple years, and it's too distracting and time-consuming. Apparently though, they've already had a couple of inquiries from landlords with available space asking if they'd like to re-open there, so they may be back.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The food was crap, garbage.  How it lasted this long is anybody's guess.

Kay Pete
Kay Pete

Damn I wanted to try that place too! Guess its a sign

Myron A. Bruss Sr
Myron A. Bruss Sr

Major bummer. Twp Pesos, now this. At least we still have a Zantigos.....

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

That sucks complete and utter ass! When owners of a good (and beloved) restaurant decide it's time to close up shop, I always wonder why they don't open the opportunity for someone else to buy it first...before leaving their customers and fans in the gutter.

MightyMpls
MightyMpls

@texaszeller a successful restaurant closing suddenly? Methinks some mismanaged monies yar be the culprit.

sxoidmal
sxoidmal

@citypages Terribly disappointed to hear this. At least I tried it once before it left.

Pretzeltizers
Pretzeltizers

@FoodStoned @hotdishblog are they closed or are they closing?

curioso
curioso

You seem like an unpleasant person to be around.

Amanduh
Amanduh

You must be confusing this restaurant with someplace else. I've taken people ranging in age from 8 to 67 there, and they all enjoyed it.

texaszeller
texaszeller

@MightyMpls yeah one can't help but think that may be the case. Although they have another restaurant so...

FoodStoned
FoodStoned

@pretzeltizers According to their statement it sounds like they're closed. I haven't actually talked to them.

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