Last Minnesota Embers Restaurant Closes
Who remembers Embers Restaurant? I certainly do, here in St. Cloud it was located on 33rd and Division and was THE place to go for after bar eats that weren't crazy expensive. It was really known as the breakfast restaurant. The Barbara Jean's Embers location in St. Cloud closed several years ago and has been the site of a few restaurants including Hooters and White Castle and now it's a bank.
This Ember's was Ricky's Embers and was the last Ember's Restaurant in Minnesota. They closed for good yesterday, Sunday. This was their last weekend. Honestly, I thought that all of the Ember's Restaurants had closed. Kind of like I thought all of the Blockbuster video stores had closed too. Wrong.
Rick's Embers was located in Fridley. They had a line of customers waiting to have their last meal at this Embers location. Of course the most known thing at Embers besides their breakfasts was the Emberger Royal hamburger.
Since the announcement of the closure a few weeks ago, people have been waiting over an hour to dine inside and say their goodbyes. One of those people who stopped by on Sunday to say goodbye was Adam Kristal, whose father was a co-founder of Embers. Kristal said he hadn’t seen the restaurant this busy since the early ‘80s.
Most of the employees of this Embers have found other employment, which is a good thing. They let everyone know what was happening well in advance so they could do what they needed to do.
The owner of this Embers has also given the impression that this might not be the end of Embers. He said someone may take it over and open it again... maybe a member of his family. We'll see.
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