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Exclusive: Dave Anderson on Returning to Famous Dave’s

Earlier this week, we brought you the story about “Famous Dave” Anderson rejoining his namesake company, Famous Dave’s. Now we’ve got Anderson’s thoughts on choosing to return to the brand he founded in 1994 and left in 2014, as well as his plans for the fast-casual Jimmie’s Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse he founded last spring.

Minneapolis Scraps Scheduling Plan

Following vocal opposition from the restaurant industry and others in the business community, Minneapolis is pulling its fair scheduling proposal off the table.

Busting Chip-and-Pin Upgrade Myths

With an October 1 liability change, a lot of retailers are wondering if an EMV upgrade is really worth the cost.

A Strange, Rusty Rebranding

People hate change, and I am one of them. Whether it’s a new version of a car or a company I like changing its name, I’m often skeptical and long for things to remain way they used to be.

Chipotle Linked to Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak

Chipotle has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 45 people, hospitalizing five. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the outbreak has been linked to produce, but neither Chipotle nor the department has said what produce they were investigating.

Chipotle Grabs Data, Creates Brand Loyalists with Cultivate Festival

Events are big money—registration fees, vendor fees and sponsorships can bring in incredible revenue and enhance a brand. But Chipotle is also dredging the customer base for a bounty of data.

Talking Restaurant Branding at Charlie Awards Opener

Dixit was among several chefs, restaurant owners and industry pros gathered at Foreign Legion in downtown Minneapolis to discuss tools for marketing a successful restaurant.

Taco John’s Operator Sees Her Role as a Calling

Tamra Kennedy, who owns nine Taco John’s restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa, views her role as an employer as a calling. She shared her refreshing philosophy at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis earlier this month.

Midwest Pantry Awards Recognize Local Food Producers

Midwest Pantry co-founders Chad Gillard and Zoe Glass, themselves local food entrepreneurs, are working to ensure the sustainability of the local food movement by acting as a resource for small producers.

Golf Classic Supports Hospitality Minnesota

For its 25th annual golf classic, Hospitality Minnesota hit the links at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, bringing together restaurant and hotel owners, foodservice suppliers and other industry pros June 15.

Chicago Group Plans Restaurant in Mayo Clinic Square

Bottleneck Management announced plans for a spring 2016 opening for the fourth location of its craft beer-focused restaurant. Old Town Pour House will occupy the corner near Hennepin Avenue and 7th Street, where Gameworks last operated.

Sysco and US Foods: The Aftermath

Last month, a Federal judge put the nail in the coffin of the Sysco-US Foods merger when he issued a preliminary injunction blocking the merger. Last week, Sysco finally announced it would abandon plans to acquire its long-time rival. We asked Bob Sala, founder and former president of DMA, a privately held corporation whose owners are several regional distributors, what he thought of the Sysco announcement.
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