Solera's closure leaves brides-to-be scrambling

A former wedding coordinator at recently-closed Solera in downtown Minneapolis said she's now in the process of contacting all the brides who had weddings planned at the restaurant's event center, and hoping to help them as much as possible. Unfortunately, several brides and grooms to be will be scrambling to make alternate wedding day plans now that Solera is no more after over 10 years of tapas.

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.

One couple affected by the closure is a pair currently teaching in Hong Kong, Alyson Doty and Shane Donaldson, set to celebrate their wedding at Solera in October. Planning a wedding miles from the venue can be tough, now imagine doing it overseas.

A representative with the Better Business Bureau suggests couples have a Plan B in place to safeguard from surprise closures.

"We've heard of cases where the shop closes on a Thursday and the wedding was supposed to happen on a Sunday," BBB spokesman Dan Hendrickson said. "There's no 100 percent guarantee. I think the best thing couples can do these days is research companies at see what their track record is, customer reviews, see what other customers are saying."

"It would be great if someone had an idea of where I can have my wedding and reception but at the same time I know I'm not the only one affected by the closing of this restaurant people just lost their jobs as well," bride-to-be Doty said. Luckily, the couple will be getting their deposit back.

The BBB also suggests couples check out websites like where you can find a community of support that will come in handy. Also seek out recommendations from friends and family, and have a backup "out of the box" or unique location ready in case of an emergency -- like this one.

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