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ProStart National Competition Cancelled, But Seniors Still Win

The ultimate competition ProStart students from Sauk Raids-Rice High School had been prepping for most of their senior year isn’t happening. After winning the state competition back in March, both the culinary and management teams were slated to head to Washington, D.C., for the finals. And then COVID-19 closed down the country.

Ask The Expert Online Edition

Our question: What kind of liability do restaurateurs have if someone comes down with the coronavirus after dining at their restaurant? Or an employee is infected by another employee? Would this be covered by their current insurance policy? If not, should they alter their policies to reflect this kind of coverage? Here's how Kim Brown of KLB Insurance answered it.

Round-up: Lots of Best Practices and One Bad Idea

Here's the latest round-up of COVID-19-related news, including videos of notable Twin Cities restaurateurs telling their stories to lawmakers and taking your biscuits on the road.

Hand Scanners and Social Distancing Apps at Work

As states and companies begin to reopen and employees head back to work, brands are coming up with creative solutions to safety issues, including PathSpot, which scans hands to make sure they’ve been washed properly. New York-based consulting firm From, The Digital Transformation Agency, has developed a social distancing app that alerts employees if they’re within six feet of each other.

Is Now the Time to Eliminate Tipping?

Like it or not, the coronavirus has offered restaurants a reset button. And some local restaurateurs are considering taking advantage of this opportunity to eliminate tipping and go to a flat administrative service charge which benefit both front- and back-of-the-house employees.​ For more on this subject, check out our June/July issue.

Restaurant Stats and Advocating for Parking Lot Dining

We all know that restaurant sales plummeted in April, but the trend is starting to reverse itself—slowly. And it all depends on getting dining rooms open and flexibility by local municipalities.

James Beard Foundation Taps Five Locals

The James Beard Foundation decided to go ahead and announce the nominees for its coveted 2020 awards as “a glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time.” Five local chefs and two members of the media are up for awards.

US Foods' Fanatics Beef Up Resources for Restaurateurs

There is no shortage of news, advice and tips for restaurant owners coping with closed restaurants during COVID-19, and yet the demand for more and more updates is insatiable.Broadline distributor, US Foods has been providing assistance to its customers in the guise of menu design and business operations for two years shy of a decade, and now they’re opening up their resources to noncustomers as well.

How Hennepin Healthcare's Foodservice is Handling COVID-19

Hennepin Healthcare regularly trains for major incidents. “We’ve trained for some nasty things, but I don’t recall training for a pandemic,” William Marks, director of food, nutrition and environmental services at Hennepin Healthcare, says.

What If We, like Sweden, Didn't Close Restaurants?

Minnesota is home to around 300,000 Swedes, a giant IKEA store where you can add lingonberry syrup to your soft drink, as well as the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. So what can we learn from the way Sweden handled the pandemic—relying on personal responsibility and willful obedience?

Nimble Business Turns Ice Delivery into New Revenue Stream

When life gives you a semi-empty refrigerated truck, the optimist finds a way to fill it with items other small businesses need to move.Here's why it pays to be well-connected in your community and a story of friends helping friends drive business.

Local Baker Up for Midwest Book Award for Poetry

Attendees at the 9th annual Charlie Awards had no idea that the two short spoken-word presentations from Dan “Klecko” McGleno were being delivered by a baker/poet whose poetry collection, Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker: Aftermath of an American’s Clash with ICE was named a finalist in the General Poetry category of the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards.
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