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Around Town” It’s Never Boring at Butcher




Albert Baladi, Keven Fraley and Jake Rains.

Over the past seven years, Butcher and the Boar has been No. 1 for selling the most Knob Creek Single Barrel in the world, beating the sales of Disney World and MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Minneapolis restaurant has sold more than 100 barrels, 2,500 cases, and 15,000-plus bottles of Knob Creek Single Barrel. On an annual basis, Butcher sells approximately 15,000 Old Fashioneds and 4,000 Manhattans, which are made with this specific bourbon. To mark the occasion, Albert Baladi, chief operating officer and president of Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, dined at Butcher and the Boar to present them with the award for selling the most Knob Creek Single Barrel in the world.


Alemar Cheese Co. is the newest partner to join the Food Building, the Minneapolis facility created by Kieran Folliard. An award-winning, nationally distributed cheese company launched 10 years ago in southern Minnesota, Alemar produces several styles of small batch French-inspired cheeses that include its flagship, Bent River Camembert. The Food Building opened five years ago with the goal of housing food makers who partnered with local and regional farms to use the best raw materials. All three businesses housed there bring to contemporary cuisine the use of time-honored methods such as stone milling, long fermentation and careful aging to bring about their signature products. Alemar founder Keith Adams and cheesemaker Craig Hageman will begin operations in the Food Building July 1.


Artist rendering of the dining room at Edinburgh USA. 

D’Amico and Partners gave prospective clients a hard-hat, sneak preview of the new restaurant and event space at Edinburgh USA, the newly remodeled space at the Brooklyn Park-owned golf course. While the restaurant was still under construction, the impressive artwork—hand-selected by Richard D’Amico—was hung in the hallways. James Wallenberg, formerly with Seven Steak, is new manager of the space. The previous restaurant, Girvan Grille is being renamed The Brooklyn, which will be suitable for both a night out on the town and a meal after a round of golf. 


Orion Food Systems and Land Mark Products have signed a definitive merger agreement to create a fully comprehensive foodservice company to serve convenience store operators. Financial terms of the transaction, which is backed by an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners were not disclosed. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Orion is a manufacturer and distributor of food products as well as a provider of foodservice solutions to the convenience and specialty retail channels worldwide. Land Mark, which has its headquarters in Milford, Iowa, is a manufacturer and distributor of pizza and sandwich solutions that has served the retail and foodservice industries since 1977. The company is a leading provider of pizza products to the convenience-store industry, and has expanded its solutions into the grocery, private label and other markets. “As a combined business, we will be able to offer a tailored solution to meet the needs of convenience store operators, from turnkey foodservice franchises that include equipment and post-sale consulting to custom-designed programs for distributors,” Frank Orfanello, chairman of the board of Orion, said in a release.


To mark Equal Pay Day on April 2, Butter Bakery and Geek Love Cafe in Minneapolis, Workhorse Coffee and Mommas Kitchen in St. Paul, and Snooty Fox in Duluth offered customers specialty drink sleeves with information on the gender pay gap and paid family and medical leave. A press conference was held earlier in the day at Mommas Kitchen.  

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