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St. Paul to Weigh Citywide Paid Sick Leave Mandate

On the heels of a debate in Minneapolis over whether the city should require employers to offer paid sick leave, neighboring St. Paul is also taking up the issue. Mayor Chris Coleman made the announcement this week, saying the public and an appointed task force would be called upon to help shape a possible citywide mandate.

Restaurateur Sees ‘Bloodbath’ Coming as Oil Prices Drop

A few years ago, the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota was the new Wild West, and Marcus Jundt was Doc Holiday. But now that oil is trading below $28 a barrel, Bakken is more like the Dust Bowl, and Jundt is watching the tumbleweed blow by.

Debate Continues Over Paid Sick Time in Minneapolis

Though not against the idea of workers earning paid sick time, per se, many employers are worried about another layer of regulations on top of those already enforced at federal and state levels.

‘Zombies’ in the Restaurant Biz May Falter, Panelists Say

A slew of restaurant closings are coming, predicted panelists at a Minnesota Shopping Center Association event last week, as soon as patrons use up their holiday gift cards. “There’s a lot of zombies out there who are dead and they just don’t know it,” said Stephanie March, senior editor at Mpls.St. Paul Magazine. “February will be the reckoning.”

About Town: Toast to Year’s End and Afton Holiday Wine Dinner

Raise a glass–or two–to the busy holiday season we just enjoyed all around town in December. And cheers to the many tasty wine dinners with a toast to the new year ahead in 2016.

Foodservice News Top 10 Stories of 2015

Check out our list of the 10 most-clicked stories on FoodserviceNews.net, with those articles covering restaurant expansion efforts leading the pack.

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Jorge Guzman - Surly Beer Hall & Restaurant, Brewer’s Table

Pairing Surly's brews with equally forceful food is Jorge Guzman’s daily charge as executive chef of both restaurants at Surly’s massive, still-new destination brewery.

Gavin Kaysen - Spoon and Stable

“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” Gavin Kaysen says about the opening last year. When reservation lines opened, they sold out two months’ worth of seats immediately.

Angel Luna - 6 Smith

At 19, Angel Luna and two friends came to the U.S. illegally. Luna, who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, wanted to find steady work in order to send money back to his parents and sisters.

Diane Yang - Spoon and Stable

When Diane Yang heard that famed New York City Chef Gavin Kaysen was returning to his hometown to start a restaurant, she didn’t believe it.

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