Solera closes after more than a decade

Updated: January 5, 2015 - 10:31 am

Solera closed over the weekend after more than 10 years.

The influential downtown restaurant, known for its Spanish small plates and rooftop bar, closed Jan. 3. The building’s owners are looking for another, more competitive concept for the space on Hennepin Avenue and Ninth Street.

“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,” Jay Viskocil, Solera general manager, said in a release.

La Belle Vie owners Tim KcKee and Josh Thoma opened Solera in 2003. The multi-level restaurant and event space was the former home of Backstage at Bravo in the building adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre.

The owners sold Solera in 2010 to the Hennepin Avenue Opportunity Fund, which includes Carmichael Lynch founder Lee Lynch, among other partners. Graves Hospitality Corps. managed the facility.

Chef Jorge Guzman left Solera earlier this year for the new Surly Brewing Co. destination brewery complex. 


Photo by Eric Best