Kingfield’s Blackbird Cafe is no more.
“It is with great regret I have to announce Blackbird Cafe ceased operations as of this morning. It has been an uphill battle,” wrote spokepeople for the cafe in a Wednesday morning Facebook post that appeared announcing the restaurant’s sudden closure.
“I can no longer justify trying to hang on," it read. "We fought through the road closures, burglary, a dwindling talented work force, and ever increasing costs to try and provide a neighborhood establishment that was welcoming to all. Unfortunately, no matter how much we tried, it just wasn’t enough to keep this place relevant.”
The cafe has been open since the summer of 2010 at 38th Street and Nicollet Avenue, though new owners only assumed control about a year and a half ago.
During its tenure, Blackbird became a neighborhood favorite thanks to a cozy ambiance strewn with just the right amount of taxidermy, velvet, and light. In 2011, it earned the honor of Best Neighborhood Eatery in the metro from this very publication.
The menu was casual but unexpected, spanning everything from roast lamb shanks to banh mi. Brunches deviated from your traditional fancy egg prescription—and only Blackbird turned picking between spicy peanut noodles and Swedish pancakes into a conundrum you'd experience at 11 a.m.
…But all that's in the past, now.
Find Blackbird’s full parting message below.
Update 1/10/2020: An earlier version of this article misattributed ownership of Minneapolis' Blackbird Cafe to Lara Cooke. Cooke assumed ownership ownership of Bucklebury, England's Blackbird Cafe in July 2018, not Minneapolis' cafe of the same name. We regret the error.