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Promote Yourself: Briefs




If you’re still missing Eric Austin’s cooking after he closed Big E’s Soul food in 2012, you can catch him at the Devil’s Advocate at 1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. He jokes that he’s more like Medium E these days, “but nobody’s going to visit a place called Medium E’s.” This isn’t his first time out of retirement. He got tired of sitting on the sidelines and when he saw an ad for a chef at Devil’s Advocate, he applied. “The food business pulls me back in,” Austin says. “I see a new trend and I got to get back.”

 

World of Beer, an international franchise, has closed its Lowertown St. Paul location. The bar was known for its 500-plus beer selection and tavern-style food.  A sign on its door said it was closed for a rebrand, according to the Pioneer Press. 

 

Tori Ramen also closed its St. Paul doors this summer. Its north Minneapolis sister restaurant, Tori 44, will remain open. The announcement was made on Facebook, with few details. 

 

According to a survey by ezCater in partnership with Technomic, sandwiches top the list of most-ordered catering cuisines (31 percent) with Mexican food the second favorite with 12 percent of orders. The five sandwiches that topped the orders from 22,000 cities and 60,000 restaurants ezCater services are: breakfast sandwich, grilled chicken, gyro, falafel and crispy chicken. 

 

The company behind Perkins and Marie Calendar has once again filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Business Journal reported. The chain is based in Memphis, but Twin Cities-based private equity firm Wayzata Investment Partners held a majority ownership stake in the two restaurant chains, according to the bankruptcy filings. The company closed 29 restaurants nationwide, including the Perkins in Chanhassen. 

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