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Creative Business-Saving Ideas in the Midst of a Pandemic

From teaming up with designers for masks to offering a whole week's worth of food and your restaurant's playlist, local restaurateurs find ways to make their brands lifestyle choices.

Like the Customers, Cafe Meow's Cats are Sheltering in Place

Jessica Burge and her business partner Danielle Ramussen had a unique business going for them, a coffeeshop on one side serving organic coffees and teas, plus baked good from local bakers, and a petting room for cat lovers on the other side. The Meow Café’s catchy tagline was: “Get Catfinated” and the picture on their Facebook page depicts a cat staring longingly into the café from his sanctuary, just waiting to be cuddled. And then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Sales Tax Update, SBA Webinars & More

As Minnesota continues practicing social distancing and working from home, here are some tips and webinars to help restaurateurs navigate the COVID-19 tsunami, as well as a question about employees volunteering their time to their workplace.

Generosity Abounds on All Sides in Pandemic Response

As Minnesotans adjust to their second stint of sheltering in place and restaurateurs are waiting to see if their PPP and SBA loans have been approved and for the funding in reach their bank accounts, a number of restaurateurs are being proactive in raising funds for the laid-off employees. In addition, small businesses are setting up pipelines to get snacks and nourishment to health care workers who are on the frontlines of dealing with this pandemic. We know this is only a handful of the outreach, but we’ll continue to update in the coming days and weeks

SBA Training to Help With Critical Loan Paperwork

While we're diligently working on our print issue, we didn't want you to miss the deadlines for these potentially business-saving loans. The following information is from the SBA and Hospitality MN, which is compiling a list of resources every restaurant owner needs right now.

Restaurants Dining Rooms May be Silenced But There Are Lots of Voices Out There

There are all sorts of creative ways the hospitality industry is employing to say afloat during the shelter-in-place mandate from the governor. Here are just a few, but keep checking us out, we're blogging as fast as we can.

There's No Such Thing as a Handshake Deal Right Now

There is relief available, but restaurateurs need to start right now applying for loans. We've included some of the links needed, but be sure to return and scroll to the end of this blog when you're done to find a bit of respite in nature for our current stay-inside world.

Brasa Adds Employee Relief Fund fee to Take-out orders

Award-winning chef and outstanding employer, Alex Roberts, has added a 15 percent fee onto curbside pickup orders for an employee relief fund.

From Waffle House Index to What You Need to Know Now

The Waffle House Index, where to apply for SBA loans and what your industry is doing to survive so as to one day thrive.

Best Practices, News from Twin Cities Restaurants

As we enter our second week of restaurants shuttered in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, here are some innovative ways local businesses are coping. Plus some national news thrown in.

How One Independent is Coping with Social Distancing

Here's a bright spot in the onslaught of news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Chef Jeff is still hanging in there at the Marine Cafe, a small business he's owned for the last six to seven years.

Some of Craft & Crew's Delivery/Takeout Orders Are Going to the Dogs

Just like their loyal companions’, dogs no longer have access to The Block’s enclosed patio in St Louis Park during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean Fido can’t have his meal delivered along with his human—and the two cats.
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