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. Ball comes with an interest in food justice and conservation and a strong background in equity and social justice education. Last year Urban Roots celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the course of those five decades, they have evolved from a group of architects and city planners designing sustainable communities to a youth organization that builds community through food, entrepreneurship and a connection to nature.
Dan “Klecko” McGleno, formerly with Saint Agnes Baking Co. and now executive baking director with Grandma’s Bakery, won a Midwest Book Award for his book of poetry, Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker: Aftermath of an American’s Clash with ICE. The book was published in 2019 by Paris Morning Publications and received national attention. McGleno, a Foodservice News columnist, performed two of the poems from the book at the 2020 Charlie Awards, back in February.
Fuji Ya has closed after 61 years, according to Eater Twin Cities. The restaurant was damaged during the unrest in the Lake Street area of Uptown after the killing of George Floyd. Reiko Weston started the four-unit chain at a time when both women-run and Japanese restaurants were a novelty.
Taco Libre, a chain of Mexican restaurants, has been selected the Minnesota Monthly 2020 Taco Bracket Challenge Champion, from a field of 32 participants. The first-time taco competition was sponsored by Society Insurance.
Lush, a Northeast Minneapolis gay bar best known for its drag shows and brunches, has closed. Like many restaurants in the Twin Cities, social media posts first promise to be back, but as the pandemic continues, closure becomes the only option. Unfortunately, according to Eater, employees found out about the closure via a social media posting.