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After 15 years, Minneapolis’ Common Roots Cafe has closed

After a decade and a half on Lyndale Avenue, Common Roots Cafe has closed its doors.

Owner Danny Schwartzman announced the closure in an email to customers Wednesday evening.

“I started this business with a dream and was naive enough to not fully realize how utterly impractical it was,” wrote Schwartzman, who opened the cafe, at 2558 Lyndale Av. S., when he was 25.

“The truth is that a small business like this is a tremendous load to carry,” he added.

The locavore, counter-service cafe was a bastion of environmentally friendly homestyle cooking in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood. Dishes incorporated many Minnesota-grown, organic ingredients, some from the cafe’s own garden. It was known for its bagels and “noshes,” casual fare such as a wild rice burger and hearty mains like brisket.

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