By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A well-known bakery that supplies key vendors at U.S Bank Stadium is shutting down just 16 days before the Super Bowl.

Saint Agnes Bakery supplies Revival and AZ Canteen along with other restaurants around town. Sources tell WCCO what triggered the shutdown was an audit by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

While the bakery was open Thursday, clients were told it will close down this weekend. Sources say that when the bakery received notice that ICE would be auditing the business as well as its employees, more than 10 skilled bakers immediately quit.

The popular Loon Cafe in downtown Minneapolis is one of  many local restaurants that get bread from Saint Agnes.

Loon cooks Thursday were still dishing up specialties featuring the bakery’s breads. Loon Owner Tim Mahoney says he was told by managers at Saint Agnes that the long time bakers quit because they were scared they could be deported.

“You have workers who have worked 10, 15 years — they’re established in the community and as an employer, we rely on these people,” he said. “These are our people that make us go.”

Mahoney expressed anger over the ICE audit.

“Who is calling these shots?” he said. “I thought we were a sanctuary city.”

Both U.S Bank Stadium and Andrew Zimmern said they were making contingency plans.

In a statement Zimmern said, “I am not concerned about us finding a suitable replacement for the product they supply for us at U.S. Bank Stadium.”

Managers at Saint Agnes Bakery declined to comment.

An ICE representative said in a statement that ICE did not shut down the bakery and did not make any arrests there, but declined to comment further.

Esme Murphy

Comments (5)
  1. Richard King says:

    Illegal is illegal, unless you have means. I have been stopped and released after threats were made against me because I “looked suspect”. This is the United States that I know. I have had to tell my pre-teen son to get the *uck up off of the ground because police had him spread eagle on the ground, for their amusment, this is the United States that I know. I know one thing, illegal is illegal, unless you have means.

  2. Trimp’s SS jackboots have just begun.