Trattoria Tosca, Cafe Levain turn out the lights

Trattoria Tosca has closed “after 10 good years in the Linden Hills neighborhood,” the restaurant announced on its website. “We do not anticipate that it will reopen. Thank you for [your] patronage.”

Café Levain is also closing at 48th & Chicago after 14 years.

Gift certificates from both restaurants can be redeemed for food, merchandise or cash at Turtle Bread.

In a 2015 Minneapolis Farmers Market podcast, owner Harvey McLain said he worked as a teacher in Hopkins before entering law school and practicing business law for many years. He said when his wife died in 1991, they had 13-month-old and five-year-old children, and he couldn’t continue his extensive business travel.

“I looked around for something else to do … there was a growing renaissance in artisan bread at the time, so I figured I could try it,” he said in the interview.

His 1993 Turtle Bread venture in Linden Hills expanded to include other locations and restaurants.

Trattoria Tosca was named for McLain’s favorite opera.

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