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The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its 2020 awards. The next round, which are the nominees, were announced on March 25 (after our deadline). The Twin Cities were honored with numerous semi-finalists:

Best New Restaurant: Demi, Mpls.Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Rikki Giambruno, Hyacinth, St. Paul,
Outstanding Restaurant:
Restaurant Alma, Mpls,
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Diane Moua, Spoon and Stable, Mpls.
Outstanding Chef
Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Outstanding Bar Program:  Colita
Outstanding Midwest Chef:
Steven Brown, Tilia, Minneapolis; Daniel del Prado, Martina, Minneapolis; Jamie Malone, Grand Café, Minneapolis; Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai, Minneapolis; Hai Truong, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, St. Paul.

 

US Foods Holding Corp. is buying Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management Inc. for $970 million in cash, according to The Wall Street Journal. US Foods said the acquisition will be immediately accretive to adjusted earnings in the first year after the deal closes, and it expects to see $20 million in annual run-rate cost synergies by 2024, primarily through purchasing efficiencies and the expansion of private-brand products.

 

Alex Roberts’ Brasa Premium Rotisserie’s latest location at West 46th Street and Bryant Avenue South in Minneapolis is expected to open in late May or early June, Roberts told the Star Tribune. “We had done an informal poll on social media about where people wish there was a Brasa and, overwhelmingly, it was the south and southwest corridor of Minneapolis,” Roberts said. Brasa’s new space has had a long list of occupants. It was the original site for Rustica Bakery, then became Java Jack’s Coffee Cafe and was most recently, Studio 2 Cafe.

 

Parasole Restaurant Holdings, owner and operator of Manny’s Steakhouse, Salut Bar Americain, Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse, Chino Latino, The Good Earth, Burger Jones, and Field Day has entered into a purchase agreement with FS Funds, a Minneapolis-based private equity partnership. 

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