MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. (WCCO) — After 60 years of feeding Twin Cities diners, Totino’s Italian Kitchen will close its doors for good this Sunday.

Totino’s was a Northeast Minneapolis staple for more than 50 years. Rose and Jim Totino opened the restaurant back in 1951. It moved to the Mounds View location back in 2008.

Owner Steve Elwell bought the restaurant from his grandparents back in 1987. He said financial problems are to blame for closing down the restaurant.

Elwell told the Pioneer Press that Totino’s food could make a comeback, but it probably won’t be in a full-scale restaurant.

The original Totino’s building in Northeast Minneapolis still hasn’t been sold.

Comments (9)
  1. Matt says:

    Very sad. I love their food. I think it is the best. I missed it when the moved away from N.E.

  2. pepper says:

    Too bad they made good food at decent prices.

  3. Too Bad, But says:

    Big mistake when they left Northeast. Big mistake.

  4. Shah says:

    …so now, of course, thanks to the media, their business will be gang-busters until the final close and be in the news until then.

  5. Brian says:

    Not surprising… who wants to drive to middle-of-nowhere Moundsview to eat there? They never should have left Northeast. Why would you leave a populated city and its huge customer base for a new location in timbuktu?

  6. Terri Veal says:

    I love this place and was just there 3weeks ago. Been going there since I was little. I don’t want to see it close

  7. O says:

    Good riddens awful food yuck!

  8. trisha says:

    So sad to see this wonderful family resturant close after so many years….I hope that they can provide a take out service…the resturant and wonderful staff will be truly missed!

  9. J. Rotella says:

    Whether or not the food was bad or good right now is not the point…. It was great food for over 50 years… I grew up 1 block from the original place on Central Ave. Yes I am Italian. In the 70’s and 80’s they had great pizza, I moved away to Collage “87” only had thier food a few times since. In 02 it was still great food. It will be more sad for some than others to see it go, am related from the old country (so I was told as a youngster) Old man Totino played cards with either my G/grandpa or my Grandpa not sure which; every night for 20 or 30 years. Good food recipe’s do not die with a BAD economy. They will come back. But in an area where the demograph will like an iconic food. They were not serving ‘greens’ and black eyed peas. Maybe they should have! NOT! N.E is not what it once was that is for sure. Demograph and economy has killed a great restaurant… Great to be an American!! J.R. Sevenhillsllc@msn

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