Downtown tapas restaurant Solera closes

After 10 years of tapas, Solera in downtown Minneapolis is shutting its doors.

An email to staff said the Hennepin Avenue establishment's Spanish food and wine setting is "too small" for such a large restaurant and event space, especially given the growing popularity of small plate venues.

"With hundreds of new dining options in town, most offering small plates, the Spanish food and wine niche seems too small for a 220 seat restaurant, two floors of event space and a popular rooftop bar. The building owners are looking for a more accessible concept and have a number of interested parties," General manager Jay Viskocil said in a statement.

The email reads, as forwarded on by an employee,


After a ten year run, Solera is closing on Saturday, January 3rd. With over a hundred new restaurant choices and small plates being the order of the day, a Spanish food and wine niche is too small for a 220 seat restaurant with two floors of event space and a rooftop bar. Someone will come in with a more accessible menu, leverage a strong event business and revitalize the restaurant and rooftop bar. Jay, Marc and Cindy, we're proud of you and the entire staff for consistently great food and service. We are truly sorry we had to come to this decision and wish you all the best of luck.

Lee, Terry and Rosanne

Solera recently named Marc Dresel as Executive Chef in June 2014.

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