With 150 companies, Foodservice News’ Fifth Annual Multi-Unit Restaurant Companies index is the biggest yet, and its reach is expanding beyond Minnesota and into the Dakotas. It’s an eye-opening exercise that documents the entrepreneurship that is alive and well in the Upper Midwest.
This year there are 50 new listings—many of them companies that have been around a while, but a significant number are business owners that added a second unit this past year, such as Sameh and Saed Wadi, owners of Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, who opened World Street Kitchen. Or Craig Bentdahl who, after the success of Mill Valley Kitchen in St. Louis Park, is set to open Marin in the Le Meridian Chambers hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
There are other surprises to be found in this index—companies changing hands, growing, consolidating, and, of course, a few that dropped out.
As comprehensive as we want our index to be, we’re sure it falls short. To that we say: “Keep sending us updates.” We have some basic criteria to be included in the list. Among them, because in many circumstances we found an abundance of partnerships and collaborations among several concepts, we looked for a clear ownership structure from unit to unit.
Read on, and, again, let us know who we’ve missed.
Minnesota’s ProStart teams make their marks at nationals.
The Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation is excited to announce that Minnesota’s own Sauk Rapids-Rice team took second place in the management competition at the National ProStart Invitational! The competition took place over the weekend in Baltimore and winners were announced Sunday night. Congratulations to students Lexi Johnson, Kristin Campbell, Ashley Bronder, Alex Brown and Shelby Studenski and their teacher, Mary Levinski.
News straight from the InBox.—Ed.
The Union Gospel Mission-backed restaurant provides job training to program graduates.
St. Paul, MN – The Daily Diner Frogtown will open in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood on Monday, April 15th, 2013. It is an urban American Diner located at 615 University Avenue (cross street Dale) and is open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday 7am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. The Daily Diner serves traditional American favorites incorporating local ingredients with ethnic flavors. The Diner serves a dual purpose – providing a comfortable neighborhood meeting location serving quality food and coffee while meeting the goal of the Union Gospel Mission – changing lives and providing self-sufficiency for those in need.
Foodservice News and the American Culinary Federation—Minneapolis Chapter have had a long relationship. Why? Its membership numbers in the hundreds, and in its ranks are restaurant, hotel, corporate, country club and instructor chefs. There is not another organization that brings together that breadth of knowledge each month.
A press release from the “This just in…” file. Like, literally. Five minutes ago.—Ed.
Summit Brewing Company is pleased to announce the “release tour” of an exclusive small-batch beer brewed specifically for the Blue Plate Restaurant Company. Blue Plate’s Highland Grill celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and Summit beers have been proudly on tap there from the beginning. To celebrate this partnership, head brewer Damian McConn brewed a springtime IPA inspired by Blue Plate co-owner David Burley. Using David’s native home of Australia as inspiration, Damian devised the “Hops like a Kangaroo IPA” using new Australian hops, a traditional Australian yeast strain and American malt.
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