Aster Cafe still temporarily closed after water main break

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Other St. Anthony Main restaurants were spared, but Aster Cafe is still closed after a water main broke nearby and flooded the restaurant.
The majority of Main Street's restaurants were spared from significant damage after a water main broke near the St. Anthony Main office complex early in the morning of September 5. 

Pracna got "a little bit wet in the dining room" but was stable enough to remain open for lunch on the day of the break. Tugg's Tavern dealt with a similar situation, and neighboring restaurant Vic's was able to re-open just a little bit later on the night of the 5th.

It's good news for most, but one restaurant was not so lucky. Aster Cafe, the hip and cozy eatery and music venue, beloved for its charming patio and tea-infused cocktails, is still closed for business following the water main break. 

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"The kitchen was under almost four feet of water," says Dana Thompson, booking agent at Aster. "The floors in both the cafe and the new River Room event space were completely destroyed. Much of the electrical was damaged to one extent or another, including staff computers."

The Aster team jumped right on repairs to the building, but the process has been extra challenging because the building is the oldest standing brick structure in Minneapolis. 

"The good news is that we're going to come back better than ever," says Thompson. "Our new fall menu was in the process of being rewritten by our esteemed chef Heidi Marsh, and she is still hard at work with that while the re-building is being done."

The team at Aster is hopeful that the current projected date for re-opening of October 2 will be possible. "We have had an outpouring of kind words and expressions of support from our clientele, local musicians, and neighbors," says Thompson. "It's been humbling and overwhelming."

Stay tuned for more updates and check in with Aster on its Facebook page

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Aster Cafe

125 SE Main St., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Music

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