As per a press release, the classic French cooking standard-bearer Vincent, A Restaurant, will be closing on Dec. 31 of this year after 14 years of operation. Coming immediately on the heels of the announced closing of La Belle Vie, this doubles the volume of the bell tolling for old-school, French-inspired white tablecloth fine dining in the state.
From the release:
…. [Vincent] Francoual is aware of the outside factors that may be considered as influencing his decision; the Nicollet Mall construction and the Working Families proposal being considered by the City of Minneapolis, his decision was personal.
In his own words he explains:
“Running Vincent A Restaurant has been an incredible experience, professionally and personally, full of rewards and challenges. After 14 years and careful consideration, I have decided it is time for me to move forward into another stage of my life, and close the restaurant.
This wasn’t a decision that came easily.
I love and respect my staff and the many guests who have supported me over the years. I want to close the restaurant with dignity and allow my staff and guests the opportunity to say goodbye. I want to honor those who were with me when I opened and make sure they are with me to celebrate when I close.
Our last dinner service will be Thursday, December 31, 2015.”
Vincent is known for a variety of well-regarded classic dishes, but the pulled beef short ribs-stuffed Vincent burger was a Minneapolis icon.