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. The brand's online ordering has increased by 200 percent during this time versus the prior year. Last, but not least, the usage of the Cousins Club loyalty program doubled from 7 to 14 percent during the pandemic.
Food and beverage businesses from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota can now register for a hybrid version of the Seventh Annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace festival in Rochester, to be held on Sunday, December 6. To accommodate social distancing needs, a hybrid event offers online ordering with curbside pickup plus a modified in-person marketplace at the Graham Park County Fairgrounds. Food businesses that use local ingredients can get more information and register online at local-feast.org/registration2020. FEAST! hosts more than 100 regional food businesses each year, including national award-winners. Many exhibitors utilize locally grown ingredients in foods like cheese, jam and wine, and include features like gluten-free, grass-fed and organic, as well as environmentally and socially responsible practices. The event is co-hosted by non-profit organizations Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Renewing the Countryside, and sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. For more information, visit www.local-feast.org.
The Café Meow celebrated its 300th adoption of shelter cats with BOGO drinks for all cat-lovers who adopted a cat through the Minneapolis café and cat lounge. All that was needed to claim the drinks was to show a picture of the cat they adopted between February 2018 through August 2020. The goal is to have adoptions reach 400 by year end. The side-by-side café and petting lounge provide customers with the opportunity to enjoy the company of cats without the commitment. But as the numbers show, some cats are irresistible.
MSP Airport’s foodservice manager told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal the airport had plans to lay off 404 workers in September.
Izzy’s Ice Cream closed its Minneapolis ice cream shop at the end of August and will concentrate on its grocery store and online business. The original St. Paul shop closed in April.