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The Tin Fish Restaurant May Not Open This Summer

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After another beautiful weekend, it’s easy to think about enjoying Minneapolis’ lakes this summer.

But a popular restaurant may not be open at Lake Calhoun.

The Tin Fish has been around for the last eight years. Sheffield and Athena Priest lease the building from the Minneapolis Park Board, which used to run the restaurant as a concession stand. But the Tin Fish’s lease expired over the winter.

The Priests are negotiating a new lease, but the money might not be there.

Friends and customers are circulating a petition, and the owners say they’re worried that they might not reach a deal.

“We’ve built a business here that we love doing,” Sheffield Priest said. “We have 60 employees that we love working with, and we hope to provide summer jobs for the coming summer. We hope that we can get the doors open and can continue to do what we love to do.”

The Park Board will meet on the a proposed lease Wednesday. Calhoun area commissioner Anita Tabb said the Tin Fish has been a great partner, and they hope to resolve the issue then.

To view the proposed lease, click here. Wednesday’s meeting is open to the public, and it starts a 5 p.m.

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