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Pioneering Cafe Banquette Closes After Eight Years

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, January 03, 2011, at 10:58PM
Banquette Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The normally-busy patio outside Old Bank District cafe Banquette sits empty the evening after the eatery posted word of its closure.

The doors have closed at Old Bank District pioneer Banquette Cafe, where owner Monica May today posted a note thanking friends in the Downtown community for their support.

Dear Friends and Family,

Banquette is closed. After 6 long years and many struggles we've decided to shut our doors.

Thank you for letting us help create this downtown community which is thriving so well. It's nice to know we were a small part of this process. To our friends who have supported us for so long, all we can say is thanks. We wouldn't have any of this without you.

Here's to the New Year.

Best Wishes,


May acquired the cafe in late 2004, but it actually first opened in 2002. It was owner Cedd Moses' first Downtown venture, opened a year and a half before the Golden Gopher.

We will be putting together a more complete story on the cafe's closure on Tuesday, but in the meantime let's look back: What's your favorite memory from the Banquette patio?

Wednesday: Our story on the closure is now online.


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