After watching looters break a window in his old restaurant, Vincent: A Restaurant, on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis last August due to another suspected police involvement in a black man's death, Vincent Francoual, who is now the culinary director at Minikahda Country Club, said he has “surv…
I rarely make demands or chastise people in the general public, I save that side of myself for the people I love the most—my family.
After the drama of his Kickstarter campaign, the first time Chef Yia Vang laid eyes on the building which would become his first-ever, brick-and-mortar restaurant, he thought to himself, “eh.”
What Will Get Diners Back Inside?
Spencer Venancio wanted to cook for a less biased audience than his parents and grandparents and for more people than a six top.
Cousins Subs has enjoyed 17 consecutive weeks of comp sales growth and 11 weeks of comp sales growth over 13 percent—during the current pandemic.
Hormel Foods Corp. formed a partnership with local community colleges where they have facilities to offer a two-year college degree program to its employees' children.
Walk into Town Hall Station in Edina and you have no qualms over which bar stools are reserved for social distancing and which can be bellied up to.
Rashmi Bhattachan was looking forward to dancing in the parking lot to live music and a fashion show and an abundance of Himalayan food giveaways, for the 10th anniversary of her Northeast Minneapolis, restaurant, Gorkha Palace, but instead…well, you know.
Here's the dilemma printed at the bottom of a bill at an upscale restaurant in Minneapolis. “(Name of the restaurant) has replaced tipping with a 22 percent Hospitality Service Charge.
The Lab Taproom in St. Paul created a beer where all proceeds go to the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) to help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs.
In early September, a cold spell gave Twin Cities restaurants an undeserved taste of what winter dining will be like once guests are no longer grateful for the open air of a patio
Drones was the original idea for delivering meals to boaters on White Bear Lake in Ramsey County, but “I thought that wouldn't work with people who had a couple of drinks,” said Dylan Dierking, founder of Foodski, a jet ski delivery service.
The Lynhall took advantage of all the new construction at 50th and France in Edina to open a second bakery/café
Steven Schussler, the developer of over-the-top concepts like Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex Café and Galaxy Drive-In, says he's known as the “light-bulb king” because he can spot a single burned out light bulb among the hundreds of lights layered in his concepts.
Thr3 Jack wants to be known as much for its cuisine as it is for its six state-of-the-art golf simulators.
Of the four companies that have recently made the news for employees seeking or succeeding on unionizing, only Fair State Brewing Cooperative, the first U.S. microbrewery to unionize, released a statement from the CEO praising the move.
If it wasn't enough to continue dealing with COVID, now the foodservice industry has additional challenges of uncertainty and disturbances in downtown Minneapolis and other retail areas.
Luke Shimp, founder of Red Cow and Red Rabbit, had more than his fair share of gut-punches the last few months.
First live music was silenced, then live-streamed when it was thought COVID would be over quickly.
Everyone at the park that meanders along the Mississippi River in Red Wing was social distancing, except one especially aggressive squirrel who had his eye on my picnic lunch.
How Has Your Job Changed?
Most concept changes don't tug at your heartstrings. But when Tanya Spaulding, principal at Shea, was asked to reconceptualize Popul Vuh in Northeast Minneapolis, she had mixed emotions.
Describing his career, Timothy McKenna says he “slowly crept” from server to management, but in actuality the elevator ride only required a few months before his innate talent for bringing out the best in people was discovered.
Tickets to the Minnesota State Fair's food parade went on sale the last Friday of July and sold out immediately.
Four Minnesota companies and an equal number in Wisconsin made the Restaurant Finance Monitor's 200 Restaurant Franchisee list based on revenue for 2019.
A lawsuit over a 52-cent wellness surcharge brought against a Minneapolis multi-concept restaurant group last November was dismissed by a Hennepin County District Court judge in July.
Although Justin Butler's Duck Donuts franchise is in an affluent suburb, Butler's employees were still concerned back in early summer that the rioting surrounding the death of George Floyd while in police custody would affect them.
Andy Cohen capitalized on the unwelcome pause the pandemic has thrust on businesses to refresh one restaurant and rebrand another one.
In answer to the ever-changing business model, thanks to COVID-19, Minnetonka's Bacio Restaurant has added a mobile kitchen called Bacio-A-GoGo to its line up.
Bombay Pizza Kitchen, owned by Indian-American husband and wife duo, Ashok & Divija Penmetsa, along with a close group of friends, has opened in Eden Prairie.
Mike Kempenich toyed with the idea of incorporating the term mycology, the branch of biology dealing with fungi, into the name of his business, but only briefly.
Minnesota-based InHarvest's domestic white quinoa is one of the first white-quinoa products produced entirely in the U.S.
The commodity markets specific to foodservice generally declined during the mid-summer, although the major protein markets, including beef, pork and chicken, found at least a temporary bottom in early August.
Since brick-and-mortar dining isn't a viable option right now, I'm wondering what it will take to start a food truck?
Up to this point, many restaurants have been able to survive due to PPP funds, concessions from landlords, interest-only payments from banks and generous terms from suppliers. However, for many time has run out.
While public schools struggle to find a safe way to welcome back elementary through high school students, two culinary schools in the Twin Cities are grappling with not only book learning, but knife skills.
“Will this ever end?” “Will the industry survive?” “What will dining out look like on the other side of COVID?” “Will people travel like they use to?” These are the questions that consume our days right now, except on a recent Tuesday.
To the already simmering pot of racial inequity and a pandemic costing restaurant workers their jobs and social net, George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died on May 25 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for around eight minutes while Floyd was handcuf…
I was one of the masses of city dwellers who headed up North for the 4th of July weekend. People who don't know me well may be surprised to learn that I am not a rugged individualist. I have never caught a fish and have only swum in a lake around three times in my long life.
What's it like to be back at work?
Urban Roots promoted Hayley Ball from deputy executive director to executive director, replacing Patsy Noble, who served Urban Roots' youth and community for more than 20 years as program manager, director and executive director.
If you're not already taking yoga classes, perhaps now is the time to start, because as Gavin Kaysen said on a webinar in July, “flexibility has been the name of the game” during the pandemic that first shuttered and then reduced dining numbers for restaurants nationwide.
George McCorkell's job doing sales for Forest to Fork was picking up, thanks to the reopening of Keg and Case Market in St. Paul, but his 16-year career of teaching guitar, most recently through community education, was a victim of the pandemic.
If you're a fan of Meatloaf—the singer, not the entrée—you know "two out of three ain't bad," unless, of course, it's losing two of your three jobs during a pandemic.
Tom Kavanaugh's family-run resort in the Brainerd area had more than 300 summer cancellations by early July, but they're also seeing an uptick in new reservations since mid-June, when the state started opening up for business again. “Our July isn't up to normal, but it's doing OK,” he said.
Only 44 percent of people surveyed by the American Hotel and Lodging Association in late June, are planning leisure travel during the rest of 2020. Travel, which benefits restaurants as well as hotels, is down significantly from its pre-COVID-19 levels of 70 percent. Additional bad news for …
Bardo, a Northeast Minneapolis bistro, will reopen as BardoG, “an approachable and affordable concept focused on gourmet sausages and live music.”
he Gnome, a new endeavor by Brian and Sarah Ingram and Justin Sutherland, is replacing the Happy Gnome, which recently closed in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill area.
There have been hundreds and hundreds of stories about PPP funds. And while there's also been quite a bit of press concerning Main Street loans, the program has been slow to get off the ground.