Update: Joe Senser's Closes Eagan Location

Economy, location cited for reasons behind abrupt closure. Roseville, Bloomington and Plymouth locations still open.

Updated 11/1/11 1:28 p.m.

turned into a ghost on Halloween. Closed signs and an empty parking lot greeted would-be customers and delivery drivers on Monday.

Senser's had operated four locations in Minnesota. A sign on the front door of the Eagan location said gift cards and certificates would still be honored at their Bloomington, Roseville and Plymouth locations.

Representatives of the business were not immediately available for comment.

The window shades were drawn and the parking lot empty early Monday afternoon. No one answered the Eagan location phone.

One posting on the restaurant's Facebook page said "Completely heartbroken about Eagan closing!!! We were there last night and it was business as usual."

Another proclaimed, "WHAT?!! Did you guys really close the Eagan location?? NOOOOOOOOO you're my fave place! Eagan needs you! I'm sooo sad........"

As of this report, the restaurant's website makes no mention of the closing.

According to FOX 9, employees were notified Monday morning but it's unclear if they will be relocated to the restaurant's remaining locations.

Joe Senser's, partially owned by the former Minnesota Viking tight end, opened its first location, Roseville, in 1988. The Eagan location was the third restaurant in the local chain and opened in 1998.

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune report quoted Mike Hrudka, Joe Senser's director of operations, as saying the tough economy and difficult location were the reasons behind the closing. The Eagan location is tucked back on a curvy road without direct access to Lone Oak Road.

Hrudka's comments indicate the closing is not related to legal problems surrounding Senser's wife, Amy. Amy Senser is awaiting trial on felony hit-and-run charges in the Aug. 23 death of Anousone Phanthavong in Roseville.

Eagan Patch will have more on this story as information becomes available.

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