And then there was one. Only the Don Pablo's in Eden Prairie remains after the Richfield location closed Monday. It's been a sad spring and summer as more than a dozen Twin Cities restaurants have closed from four restaurants near the U's Minneapolis campus to several downtown Minneapolis closures including Ichiban.
Don Pablo's had at least seven locations that have closed locally, including Eagan, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Roseville, Woodbury, Bloomington and now Richfield. The Maple Grove store closed earlier this year.
In 2009, the owner of the chain declared bankruptcy when 91 locations remained. Many locations stayed open after the restructuring but then closed a few at a time. According to the company's website, 19 DP restaurants remain open in Florida, Indiana, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.
Select items from the commercial kitchen of the Richfield restaurant are already being auctioned online at Auction Nation. The auction closes Tuesday, Aug. 30, at noon.