MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Popular vegan restaurant Fig + Farro announced Sunday that they will soon be closing their doors.
The announcement came via Instagram, where owners announced that Sunday, May 31 would be their last day.
“With uncertainty of when we can reopen our dining room safely, we have decided to turn our mission of food and climate into a foundation,” the post read.
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It’s with deep sadness that we are announcing we’ll be closing our restaurant permanently. With uncertainty of when we can reopen our dining room safely, we have decided to turn our mission of food and climate into a foundation. More to come on this in the coming weeks… Our last day will be Sunday, May 31st. We’d love your support in our final week, especially any videos you can send about your favorite server, meal or experience you’ve had in our space and ideas for our new future. This has been a really hard time for all of us and we’d love to hear your positive memories. Thanks for your support over the years, friends!
Fig + Farro was named “Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in America” by Forbes Magazine in 2019. Though initially a vegetarian restaurant, Fig + Farro switched to vegan about a year ago. When they did, business increased 10%.
Owner Michelle Courtright had always dreamed of opening a vegetarian restaurant. She previously owned the branding agency MADE, but sold it to pursue her dream. However, soon afterward, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I sat in bed every day with my bald head, dreamed about this, what was the menu going to look like, where are we going to source,” she said in a January interview with Jason DeRusha. Today, her cancer is in remission.
Courtright estimated that only 10% of her patrons were vegan. The rest, she said, were omnivores, progressive meat eaters, and environmentally-conscious consumers.
Fig + Farro’s environmentally conscious mission guided their business. The restaurant donates one tree for each customer. Since December 2018, they have planted 71,000 trees with Trees For The Future.
The announcement comes days after Gov. Tim Walz announced new guidance for restaurants. They are allowed reopen on June 1, but are limited to serving customers outdoors, with a maximum of 50 patrons at a time.
To place an order at Fig + Farro, click here.
Source: CBS Minnesota