Jessica Burge and her business partner Danielle Ramussen had a unique business going for them, a coffeeshop on one side serving organic coffees and teas, plus baked good from local bakers, and a petting room for cat lovers on the other side. The Meow Café’s catchy tagline was: “Get Catfinated” and the picture on their Facebook page depicts a cat staring longingly into the café from his sanctuary, just waiting to be cuddled. And then the coronavirus pandemic hit.
As Minnesota continues practicing social distancing and working from home, here are some tips and webinars to help restaurateurs navigate the COVID-19 tsunami, as well as a question about employees volunteering their time to their workplace.
As Minnesotans adjust to their second stint of sheltering in place and restaurateurs are waiting to see if their PPP and SBA loans have been approved and for the funding in reach their bank accounts, a number of restaurateurs are being proactive in raising funds for the laid-off employees. In addition, small businesses are setting up pipelines to get snacks and nourishment to health care workers who are on the frontlines of dealing with this pandemic. We know this is only a handful of the outreach, but we’ll continue to update in the coming days and weeks
While we're diligently working on our print issue, we didn't want you to miss the deadlines for these potentially business-saving loans. The following information is from the SBA and Hospitality MN, which is compiling a list of resources every restaurant owner needs right now.
There are all sorts of creative ways the hospitality industry is employing to say afloat during the shelter-in-place mandate from the governor. Here are just a few, but keep checking us out, we're blogging as fast as we can.