Sunsets Wayzata to close

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Photo courtesy of the Sunsets Facebook page
The sun is setting on Sunsets
There are all kinds of restaurant changes happening out in the western suburbs and here comes another one. Sunsets Wayzata has announced that after 25 years, they will be closing their doors soon -- though those lights won't be dark forever.

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Owners Brian Prose and Paul Swenson have sold the property to Dean Vlahos and another business partner. Vlahos is known in the restaurant industry as the founder of Champps Americana and Redstone Grill.

The future remains unclear for a planned second Sunsets location in Woodbury.

The final dinner service will take place Sunday, March 2. Until then, the restaurant has invited friends and fans to visit the Sunsets Facebook page and leave pictures and share stories about their time on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

After Sunsets' doors have closed, Wayzata residents can expect a new concept to take its place. From the food to the decor to the menu, everything about the restaurant space will be refreshed. Vlahos has yet to release any details about what he has in store, but right now, the new concept should open in early summer -- just in time for that patio weather that should be arriving any day now. 


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Location Info

Sunsets - CLOSED

700 E. Lake St., Wayzata, MN

Category: Restaurant


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KarmaISABitch
KarmaISABitch

Lol. Fuck Ben Fabel and Eric Rasmussen, They are hack chefs. The whole line spoke muncho espanol in a downtown Wayzata restaurant. What a joke. Everything was pre made. No originality or creative outlets in that kitchen. Just shit on a shingle for every dish.


This location has a lot of potential and it seems the new concept may be mediocore but who cares, because a shitty Applebee's on the lake which is what Sunsets was is now gone forever. Good riddance!


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hookerheaven
hookerheaven

Will there be as many prostitutes at the new restaurant as there are at redstone? 

mrobin032009
mrobin032009

@DeRushaEats hubby thought the same family that owns Sunshine Factory/The Factory owns Sunsets - It is always packed at lunch. Not enough?

tniver
tniver

@DeRushaEats Dean Vlahos interviewed me indoors and wore sunglasses the whole time

heydaympls
heydaympls

@DeRushaEats I don't think so. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he's out at Blvd. I think it's a new concept.

JCVN
JCVN

It would be hard to make it any more disappointing. Who doesn't love sitting next to an active railroad with an average view of the lake? The better view is from the Boatworks building's restaurant space. With that new, collosal retirement community being build nearby the traffic will probably increase for all the restaurants along that strip.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

Hooray. Uninspired drivel to be replaced by, you guessed it: uninspired drivel. Woot.

kel0
kel0

Yay! Mediocrity to be replaced by… mediocrity. Yay.

Jason McGraw
Jason McGraw

the whole town of wayzata is going downhill...

fuck_you_Dean
fuck_you_Dean

Wayzata needs better businesses, but knowing how much this guy's restaurants suck, it's not looking good.  Downtown Wayzata has such potential, but the city government and business developers in the area just can't seem to take a hint which is why there are so many empty lots on Lake St.  Year after year new cheesy, overpriced restaurants and cafe's come and go in Wayzata since developers seem to think rich people with no sense are the primary residents when in fact, most of what surrounds DT Wayzata is middle-upper middle class families.  They want to come to Wayzata for a nice day outside, eat some ice cream, maybe have a hot chocolate, and walk around.  They want to go to the beach.  They want to have fun, not sit in some $25 a plate cookie cutter cafe which serves sub par food and is owned by a former dentist. 


For gods sake, give the people something to enjoy.  Give them a nice pub with some good drinks and real character, or a fun place a family can sit down and eat something simple without paying an arm and a leg.  Why do they think Punch Pizza and Starbucks are always packed while restaurant after restaurant closes?


Wayzata needs something original, approachable, and enjoyable.  Not a TGI Friday's dressed up in business casual which is basically what Champps and Redstone are. Not that the bags of bones in city government would ever approve of Wayzata loosing its stuffy, irrelevant luxury image. What a waste of lakeside property. 

Beth Stelton
Beth Stelton

Loved watching fireworks on the lake back in the day

Sarah Eichhorn
Sarah Eichhorn

They're sun-setting sunsets?... Looking forward to something fresh!

Stephanie Lauseng
Stephanie Lauseng

Sad! But sure hope the new place will be better than Champps...!

Rachael Morford
Rachael Morford

Oh man!! I loved having brunch there during the summer!!!

BD_CommBeat
BD_CommBeat

@ScottRMadsen No doubt. They've had a lot more competition in recent years, but still seemed to pull people in.

stevep12
stevep12

@mrobin032009 @DeRushaEats  Sunshine Factory is NOT affiliated with Sunsets.  The only connection they used to have is the owner of Sunsets owned the land they used to occupy in New Hope.  They have since moved to Plymouth.  

stevep12
stevep12

@mrobin032009 @DeRushaEats  Sunshine Factory has absolutely no affiliation whatsoever with Sunsets.  The owner of Sunsets used to own the property that Sunshine was on, but that was the only connection. Sunshine Factory has since moved to Plymouth and has no ties to them at all.

kel0
kel0

@fuck_you_Dean  But wait! There's the newly refreshed Muni! But wait… oh, yeah - it sucks, too. Hm. Holy crap I agree with you!

monday1
monday1

That's not going to come from the guys taking it over I can tell you that 


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