ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's the end of an era.
Heartland, one of the most awarded and celebrated restaurants in St. Paul, announced it will close its doors at the end of the year.
Chef Lenny Russo, who has been nominated six times for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, and his wife, Mega Hoehn, opened Heartland in the St. Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood in 2002. The restaurant is known as the local pioneer in the farm-to-table movement.
Now, 14 years later, the two have announced they will be moving on.
A message posted to the restaurant's website states:
On October 24, 2016, Heartland will be celebrating fourteen years since we first opened our doors in a little, nondescript storefront on St. Clair Avenue in Saint Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. Over the years, Heartland grew from a tiny fifty seat restaurant occupying no more than 2,700 square feet to what it is today, a multi-faceted facility spread out across 26,000 square feet in the über hip Lowertown neighborhood of downtown Saint Paul, a neighborhood that we are proud to say we helped revitalize when we relocated here in 2010.
On December 31, 2016, Heartland will be serving its guests for the last time. The real estate that is home to the restaurant has been sold to a private investor, and so we must say goodbye after many wonderful and rewarding years. We are making this announcement now in order to give our many long time patrons and friends a chance to visit us, as well as to allow those who are currently holding Heartland gift certificates ample opportunity to redeem them, before we turn out the lights on New Year’s Eve.
We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks for all of the love and support that we have been shown, and we hope to see you here.
The restaurant received numerous "best" honors both locally and nationally over the years.