Octo Fishbar Closes in Lowertown

Tim McKee’s St. Paul seafood restaurant has shut down permanently
Octo Fishbar

Photo by Terry Brennan

Celebrated St. Paul seafood restaurant Octo Fishbar has closed. Opened by James Beard-winning chef Tim McKee (La Belle Vie), the Lowertown spot inside the Market House Collaborative won over diners with fresh, fun seafood approaches.

“The first bite transported me to an ocean-side seafood shack on the East Coast,” wrote Jason DeRusha in Minnesota Monthly‘s review. It was also named one of the best new restaurants of 2018.

The restaurant, which had resumed indoor dining in June, quietly closed after service on Saturday.

“We closed the restaurant at this time and have no plans to reopen,” managing partner Loren Zinter confirms to the Star Tribune. “The impacts surrounding COVID proved to be just too much.”

The Market House Collaborative will continue operations, McKee tells the Pioneer Press. Currently the space still hosts Birch’s Lowertown Taproom, True Stone Coffee Roasters’ cafe, Quebracho empanadas, Vikings and Goddesses Pies, and others.

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