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Final Hot Topics Event Paves Way to Charlie Awards

It was the best of time in the worst of weather as six industry experts took the stage at General Mills to deliver the final Charlie Awards Hot Topics on the Business of Food & Drink.

Parasole Goes Fast Casual With New Field Day Concept

A counter-service version of the restaurant company's Good Earth concept, Field Day debuted earlier this month with its first location at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka.

Service or Convenience? New Survey Says Both

It’s a common conversation in the restaurant industry: Does the consumer want great service or great convenience? According to a new survey from POS provider Toast, they want both.

D’Amico Names New Chef at Lurcat in Minneapolis

Jordan Swiler replaces longtime chef Adam King, who recently announced plans to open his own restaurant in the Twin Cities west metro.

Food On Demand Launches to Cover Growing Industry

It’s a new era in food, with companies like Domino’s designing their own cars and drone technology that’s ready and waiting once regulatory hurdles are cleared. This will impact everything from independent restaurants to the largest players in industry, and we’ve started a brand-new media project called Food On Demand to cover it all.

Restaurant Finance Gathering to Draw Strategists, Dealmakers

A fountain out front and a font of capital inside, the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference is almost here, presented by our sister publication, the Restaurant Finance Monitor. It runs from November 14-16 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Despite Hockey Ties, Herbie’s Is More Than a Sports Bar

The restaurant, developed by Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leopold with Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, is named for Herb Brooks, a St. Paul native best known for coaching the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team to gold over the Soviet Union.

2016: The Year of the Chatbot

Chatbots are now taking orders for restaurant brands large and small.

Minnesota Cooks Promotes Local Chef-Farmer Connections

Minnesota Cooks Day at the Minnesota State Fair means a day of cooking demonstrations that highlight how Minnesota chefs are using the bounty of this state’s many farmers.

Ox Cart, Eagle Street Now Part of Madison Hospitality

Under the agreement, Madison Hospitality will handle business operations for Ox Cart Ale House, Salt Cellar and Eagle Street Grille while Kevin Geisen and Joe Kasel remain “the face and operating partners of the three restaurants.”

Smack Shack’s Crayfest Infused With Fun

There were 2,500 people crowding the space behind Smack Shack on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis for the restaurant’s annual Crayfest, August 20.

Amazon Business: The Now $1B Supply Chain Disruptor

It’s a common refrain sung by investors and operators: restaurants can’t be disrupted by the internet. Amazon has a response for that.
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