Massachusetts: Craigie Burger
> Location: Boston
Though it specializes in tasting menus of imaginative modern American fare, chef Tony Maws’ Craigie on Main in Cambridge became most famous for its epic burger, only 18 of which were prepared each evening. Last year, Maws capitalized on its fame by opening Craigie Burger in the new Time Out Market Boston in Fenway. The temporarily closed Craigie Burger won’t reopen, according to Maws and his partners. They feel that the lack of Red Sox games at Fenway Park and the absence of students from several nearby colleges would make reviving the enterprise too chancy.
Massachusetts: Bar Boulud
> Location: Boston
Famed French chef-restaurateur Daniel Boulud announced in mid-June that he was closing down his sole Boston property, located in the Mandarin Oriental Boston hotel. An official statement reported that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, was a victim of the pandemic, which had a “negative impact on business levelsâ¦.”
Michigan: Markovski’s Family Restaurant
> Location: Dearborn Heights
After 50 years in business, Markovski’s, famous for its stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, and other Polish specialties, has said goodbye. In a statement on Facebook, the proprietors declared that “A worldwide pandemic was the only thing that could separate our tightly knit family [and] if you were here, you were definitely family.”
> Location: Wayzata
James Beard Award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen announced on July 16 that he was permanently shuttering this well-reviewed French bistro and bakery in suburban Minneapolis. Kaysen — who came to prominence as chef de cuisine at Daniel Boulud’s lauded Café Boulud in New York City before moving back to his native Minnesota in 2014 — told the Sun Sailor, a local newspaper, that “in a location that is so dependent on seasonal success we are losing more than we can sustain.”
Minnesota: Fuji Ya
> Location: Minneapolis
When Reiko Weston opened Fuji Ya in 1959, it was apparently the first-ever Japanese restaurant in Minnesota. It expanded and spawned offshoots, but Weston died in 1988, and two years later the place closed down — until her daughter brought it back to life in 1997. The restaurant shuttered temporarily in early May, but by the end of that month, its website carried the message: “Thank you for your support! Unfortunately we are closing our doors.”
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