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.
Did you register for a free lunch with the downtown Crave restaurant? The promotional effort last week was to highlight the launch of a new lunch menu—”The 45 Minute Power Lunch”—available only at the downtown Minneapolis Crave restaurant. It’s a move that should be watched by restaurateurs for its results. (The contest ended last Friday.) Free food is far and away the greatest marketing tool for any eatery—an entree here or a dessert there for a customer that the owner or GM recognizes as a repeat visitor is a sure way to cement loyalty, and a big bash giving away free or substantially underpriced stuff is a great way to earn media attention.
Redstone American Grill is in growth mode. The Eden Prairie-based company purchased the former Boston’s Pizza property in Maple Grove adjacent to the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes (artist’s rendering above). The restaurant is now under construction and slated to open later this year.
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