Aug 2, 2021 - Food and Drink

A beloved South Minneapolis cafe closes — "for now"

The exterior of Riverview Coffee Shop in South Minneapolis.
The Riverview Coffee Shop and Wine Bar. Photo: Torey Van Oot/Axios

The Riverview Coffee Shop and Wine Bar in Longfellow closed its doors over the weekend.

What's happening: A letter taped to the door Sunday morning said the owners were shutting down "for now … so that we can takes some time to reassess the future" following a challenging year.

  • "We love this corner and believe whatever the future holds it will be great," the letter reads.

Why it matters: The cafe, kitty-corner from The Riverview Theater, has been a staple in the South Minneapolis neighborhood for decades.

What they're saying: Regulars left messages of support in sidewalk chalk outside the red-brick building.

  • "You are the reason we moved a block away!" one read. "We hope you'll be back soon."
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