In 2011, Om closed and left downtown Minneapolis without an upscale Indian restaurant. More than a year later, the Copper Pot Indian Grill promised to bring high-end Indian cuisine back to downtown, when it moved into the Lumber Exchange Building on Hennepin Avenue.
After 7 years in business, the Copper Pot (10 S. 5th St., Minneapolis) has closed. A representative of the Lumber Exchange confirmed the closing. The restaurant's website and phone number have been disconnected.
Here's what our food critic, Rick Nelson wrote of the restaurant in 2013:
The Copper Pot Indian Grill is that rare Twin Cities Indian restaurant that doesn’t adopt the same-old, same-old attitude embraced by the majority of its lookalike competitors.
For starters, someone in the kitchen devotes a fair amount of time to grinding and toasting enough spices to stock the bulk section at your friendly neighborhood natural foods co-op: Ajowan, coriander, clove, cardamom, mustard, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin and saffron.
Copper Pot's owner Sree Yeruva could not be reached for comment.