Uptown restaurant Chino Latino has closed. Tucked between Calhoun Square and the Uptown Theatre, the Parasole Restaurant Holdings property’s glistening façade and glitzy take on street food was a neighborhood staple.
Just earlier this year, a deal that would have moved Parasole’s considerable group of restaurants was called off due to COVID-19. Burger Jones’ Uptown location, a Parasole property, closed in May. Parasole ownership believes the Chino Latino concept “could be transported to another neighborhood,” says a report in the Star Tribune.
Recent Minnesota-born The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin told Minnesota Monthly she enjoyed Chino Latino for special occasions with friends. Back in 2007, this magazine also called it “Uptown Minneapolis’s hottest nightspot.”
Here’s a statement from Parasole’s VP of business development and marketing Kip Clayton:
Chino Latino has been a mainstay of the Uptown bar and restaurant scene for the last 20 years. Chino closed its doors effective Monday October 26. There were a range of factors that lead to our decision to close Chino, including the fact that the hospitality and retail scene in Uptown (specifically the corner of Lake and Hennepin) has changed dramatically over the last several years, making it challenging to deliver on the experience Chino and Parasole are renowned for. This combined with the impact of the pandemic led to our decision to close Chino. We sincerely thank our guests and appreciate their loyalty over the last past 20 years … Chino had a great run! Chino Latino was and is a great brand … there is the possibility of reopening Chino at some point in the future in a new location. In the meantime, we look forward to hosting our guests at Pittsburgh Blue, Mannys Steakhouse, Salut and the Good Earth restaurants.