Credit: Photo courtesy of Brasserie Zentral Facebook page

Credit: Photo courtesy of Brasserie Zentral Facebook page

Brasserie Zentral is closing its doors

Brasserie Zentral, a European-focused fine-dining restaurant, announced it is closing its doors. 

The restaurant, located in the Soo Line building, will have its last dinner service Saturday, Jan. 16 after less than two years in downtown Minneapolis.

The husband-wife team of Russell and Desta Klein behind Brasserie Zentral also own Foreign Legion, a wine bar that remains open adjacent to the restaurant, and St. Paul’s Meritage. They recently passed on their skyway cafe, Cafe Zentral, above Brasserie Zentral to two staff members, who reopened it as World Cafe

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Brasserie Zentral,” the Kleins said in a statement posted to Facebook. “We are hopeful that we are able to negotiate and announce a new direction in the coming weeks that will embrace the old and celebrate the new. For now — nothing but gratitude.”

The critically acclaimed restaurant was named the Restaurant of the Year by the Star Tribune in 2014 and garnered four-star reviews from food critics Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune and Jim Norton of The Heavy Table. It also won the 2014 Charlie Award, a local industry award, for Outstanding Restaurant.

Brasserie Zentral’s closure comes among a string of other fine-dining establishments closing their doors, including La Belle Vie and Vincent A Restaurant.