In the cover story of the October issue, we introduced you to a downtown Minneapolis group of restaurant owners who have banded together to come up with solutions to improve the downtown environment for both restaurant employees and customers. They believe that both the reality and perceptio…

Here's our Monday afternoon wrap-up of stories too late for the October issue and too early for November. Get updates on cheese boxes, employment changes and a restaurant closing.

Cooking a pork steak on a Zoom call with 150 other virtual people in pajamas is a far cry from the raucous pork-themed bacchanalia of a typical Cochon 555 event, but it was an enjoyable homebound reminder that the restaurant industry struggles onward as do the local farmers that support it.

Using 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, the drones would end up in the water,” said Dylan Dierking, founder of Foodski, a jet ski delivery service. He nex…

August 28 is National Red Wine Day and while national survey responders touted pedestrian brands as their favorites, we went to local food pundits who run in oenophile circles to see what they had to say about which red wines they'd likely be uncorking today, tomorrow and into the near future.

Roots for the Home Team participants still had their produce, they just didn't have a home team to sell their salads to once baseball at Target Field opened to a fanbase of just cardboard cutouts in the stands. Their salad cart had been a mainstay at the baseball field for the last few seaso…

A round-up stories we're all talking about: Mandated masks, more numbers, another chance to donate to The Taste Fore the Tour and experiencing the cuisine of the Great Minnesota Get-Together via a very long drive-thru.

Yelp's latest Economic Average report, released last week revealed that 60 percent of the U.S. restaurants that temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic have since permanently closed. Here are some of the high-profile closings in our area, plus a plan from Hospitality MN on what you can do …

    COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on indoor air quality and ventilation. Due to factors relating to COVID concerns, experts from the commercial building industry, U.S. EPA Energy Star program, and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) met in May to dis…

    When Clutch Brewing Co., opened its taproom inside the Keg and Case Market in St. Paul two years ago, they opted to wait on the expense of a patio. And because they were located inside a food hall, they saw no need to add a kitchen and become a brewpub. Both partners, Jordan Standish and Max…

      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. “It was a neat play on my name, but no one knew the term and [therefore]thought I was vain,” he said with a laugh.

      Keg and Case is an experience that only functions when everything is open, said Gates Lindquist, executive director of the newly refurbished market in the former Schmidt brewery complex on St. Paul's West 7th Street. Which means the current situation of a pandemic causing the market to abrup…

        As the pandemic continues to keep restaurants at half capacity, advocacy groups for the industry are working diligently to ensure both local, state and national leaders understand their plight and make wise decisions that will help stem the tide of red ink.

        Every culture has superstitions around food that are centuries old and rooted in logic that made perfect sense at the time, but now seem a little far fetched. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but no house calls just means you have to get in your car and drive to the clinic to see him…

          As workers start to return to restaurants and offices, the empty buses and light rail cars will start to see more bodies boarding them. Here's some advice from the Center of Disease Control on how to stay safe while traveling to and from your job.

          In a decision considered the first of its kind, a court held that government restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 “qualify as a force majeure event and represent a valid reason” for non-payment of rent and other contractual obligations, according to an alert by law firm Marks & Klein.

          Dark kitchens and virtual restaurants continue to expand across the country, but as the pendulum of food spending swings back toward grocery, a similar model is expanding rapidly there as well. While a dark grocery store sounds like nightmare fuel out of a zombie movie or something, these ne…

          There are 72 counties in Wisconsin and each governing body has the authority to make its own tweaks to the governor's mandates on reopening the economy. Which wouldn't be a big deal, unless like Cousins Subs, you have restaurants in a host of different counties and a few out of state. Or you…

          The pristine sky was clear from pesky clouds that block the sunshine, and the lake, dotted with boaters revved up on nautical social distancing, was sparkling. It felt good to be walking through a restaurant—even if it was off-limits—up the stairs and out onto the deck where we were seated a…

          Restaurateurs have had to get creative to survive during the current pandemic. Crooners Supper Club in Fridley is hosting a summer Lakeside Drive-in Concert Series where music lovers can social distance in the comfort of their own automobile.

            The team at BA Craftmade Aprons is offering 75 free “Hospitality Health and Safety Kits” to Twin Cities restaurant locations that are beginning to reopen, as part of their Project Black & Blue initiative, which has given back thousands of dollars to people in the hospitality field who ha…

            As people continue working from home and there is no dining-in available, consumer attitudes about both the mechanics of meal delivery and the costs are starting to see subtle changes.

            “In some ways, this is like when the meteor hit the planet and destroyed life as you knew it if you were a dinosaur,” said Fred LeFranc, CEO of Results Thru Strategy regarding the pandemic's impact on the restaurant industry. “We don't want to be dinosaurs. We want to be able to adapt.” LeFr…

              Not happy with the Governor's pivot to opening patios, but not dining rooms, local hospitality groups are calling for restaurant owners to write to local and national legislators to help restaurants and bars get the relief they need to survive the current pandemic.

              A former police officer turned operations officer for a global security outfit offers some tips on what restaurateurs can do to keep their buildings safe while they're open limited hours or not at all.

              The ultimate competition ProStart students from Sauk Raids-Rice High School had been prepping for most of their senior year isn't happening. After winning the state competition back in March, both the culinary and management teams were slated to head to Washington, D.C., for the finals. And …

                Our question: What kind of liability do restaurateurs have if someone comes down with the coronavirus after dining at their restaurant? Or an employee is infected by another employee? Would this be covered by their current insurance policy? If not, should they alter their policies to reflect…

                Here's the latest round-up of COVID-19-related news, including videos of notable Twin Cities restaurateurs telling their stories to lawmakers and taking your biscuits on the road.

                As states and companies begin to reopen and employees head back to work, brands are coming up with creative solutions to safety issues, including PathSpot, which scans hands to make sure they've been washed properly. New York-based consulting firm From, The Digital Transformation Agency, has…

                Like it or not, the coronavirus has offered restaurants a reset button. And some local restaurateurs are considering taking advantage of this opportunity to eliminate tipping and go to a flat administrative service charge which benefit both front- and back-of-the-house employees.​ For more o…

                The James Beard Foundation decided to go ahead and announce the nominees for its coveted 2020 awards as “a glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time.” Five local chefs and two members of the media are up for awards.

                There is no shortage of news, advice and tips for restaurant owners coping with closed restaurants during COVID-19, and yet the demand for more and more updates is insatiable.Broadline distributor, US Foods has been providing assistance to its customers in the guise of menu design and busine…

                Hennepin Healthcare regularly trains for major incidents. “We've trained for some nasty things, but I don't recall training for a pandemic,” William Marks, director of food, nutrition and environmental services at Hennepin Healthcare, says.

                Minnesota is home to around 300,000 Swedes, a giant IKEA store where you can add lingonberry syrup to your soft drink, as well as the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. So what can we learn from the way Sweden handled the pandemic—relying on personal responsibility and willful obedience?

                When life gives you a semi-empty refrigerated truck, the optimist finds a way to fill it with items other small businesses need to move.Here's why it pays to be well-connected in your community and a story of friends helping friends drive business.

                  Attendees at the 9th annual Charlie Awards had no idea that the two short spoken-word presentations from Dan “Klecko” McGleno were being delivered by a baker/poet whose poetry collection, Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker: Aftermath of an American's Clash with ICE was named a finalist in the General …

                  As dine-in is not an option for restaurants in Minnesota for a least a few more weeks, delivery and takeout have increased. Here is the latest on third-party delivery, as well as online grocery ordering from our sister publication, Food on Demand. For more news in this sector of the foodserv…

                    Tonight (April 30), starting at 6 p.m., Open Arms of Minnesota is teaming with Chef Yia Vang (Union Hmong Kitchen) and editor/host Stephanie March of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for a live cooking event, Hungry to Connect. The free event will broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live from the kitchen o…

                    On the first Saturday the Biscuit Breakfast Bar popped up at Stanley's Northeast Bar Room in Minneapolis, biscuit lovers were lined up six feet apart in the parking lot to score a $5 breakfast sandwich on an oversized biscuit. Buy two and they tossed in an order of fried biscuits rolled in c…

                    One of the ironic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic where safety is issue No. 1 is that restaurant workers needing to recertify their food safety credentials through ServSafe won't be able to take the class and the required test.

                    With everything going on, it's hard to plan more than a couple of days out. As more and more events are forced to cancel, the noncalendar list continues to grow. Events are starting to reschedule, such as The Bloody Mary Festival – Twin Cities, which is now going to be held on Friday, Octobe…

                    UPDATED: Restaurants ability to add beer and wine sales to their takeout and delivery orders is here. But while it will provide some much needed dollars, it may not be the silver bullet the industry needs during sheltering-at-home times.