St. Paul Roundup
The St. Paul City Council will take up the long-delayed to-go packaging ordinance on February 20. The ordinance, which has been in the works since the 1980s, was voted on and then tabled in 2017 and then tabled again in late 2018. It wasn’t clear as of press time if there would be another public hearing on the matter, or if the city council will simply vote the proposal up or down again. Zero-waste and recycling advocates have been out lobbying district councils and other groups in recent weeks to get the ordinance passed. Some restaurant owners and the Dart Packaging company have been contacting elected officials in opposition to the ordinance.
After sales in a front yard and on Facebook, YumYum Brownies has opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Frogtown, at University Avenue and Avon Street. Jerilyn Sheppheard, 18, has operated the business since age 15. She employs five teens and offers an activity space for children. She uses her grandmother’s brownie recipe and also offers Mason jar cakes, rolls, sandwiches, fondue plates, coffee and cocoa. The recent Highland Park High School graduate hopes to expand her business.
BevSource is planning to expand to a West Midway location this spring. The Little Canada company helps beverage developers take their ideas, formulate them and get through the regulatory and production set-up processes. The lab will be a place to be the first to try alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and provide feedback to get those drinks to consumers.
Tommie’s Pizza has quietly opened at a Selby Avenue spot east of Snelling Avenue, offering pizza by the slice, as well as whole pies and side dishes. It offers a small dining area as well as carryout.
The Dunn Brothers Coffee shop on West 7th Street near Chestnut Street has closed.