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Smack Shack’s Crayfest Infused with Fun

There were 2,500 people crowding the space behind Smack Shack on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis for the restaurant’s annual Crayfest, August 20.

Amazon Business: The Now $1B Supply Chain Disruptor

It’s a common refrain sung by investors and operators: restaurants can’t be disrupted by the internet. Amazon has a response for that.

Is a Restaurant Recession Coming?

A pair of damning reports predict some dark times ahead for the industry. Paul Westra, an analyst with Stifel, issued a report that announced the firm is taking a bearish stance on all restaurants and issued a “restaurant recession outlook.”

Boelter Buys Mpls. Restaurant Equipment Company Premier

The deal will allow Boelter, a foodservice design, equipment and supply dealer headquartered in Milwaukee, to consolidate its Minnesota operations in Premier’s 50,000-square-foot facility.

When in St. Petersburg, It's All About the Beer Watching

I’ve never been a beer drinker. In college, my dates had to pony up for sloe gin or a really nice bottle of white zinfandel if they wanted me to enjoy keggers. So only a mother’s unconditional love for her child induced me to go on a brewery tour with my son Zack in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Ichiban to Close in Downtown Minneapolis

When it closes July 30, Ichiban will be the third restaurant on Nicollet to do so in the last nine months.

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Top Chefs

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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