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Delivery Providers Roll Out Restaurant Relief

With the state mandate to close bars and restaurants until March 27 and restricting service to off-premises channels only, we thought you'd be interested in what the four largest U.S.-based national delivery providers have rolled out as ways to help their restaurant partners, including new customers.

Governor Mandates Restaurants/Bars CloseTemporarily

After discovery of "community spread" of COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz has ordered restaurants and bars to close their in-dining operations from March 17 at 5 p.m. to March 27 at 5 p.m. To find out exactly what is mandated by this Emergency Executive Order, we've included the entire text here.

4 Key Tactics for Living in the Time of Coronavirus

According to Compass Restaurant Consulting and Research, 80 percent of consumers are aware of the virus, 70 percent are concerned and 20 percent of consumers feel palpable fear. And as seen from the empty toilet paper aisles in many stores, 10 percent are panicking. According to Technomic, 52 percent of consumers in a recent survey said they were avoiding crowds and 44 percent feared for their personal health.

Parasole Founders Strike Deal with FS Funds

Football players go to Disneyland after winning the Super Bowl and, apparently, recipients of the Charlie Awards’ Lifetime Achievement sell their company. Parasole Restaurant Holdings, a multi-unit, multi-concept company with iconic restaurants such as Manny’s Steakhouse, Chino Latino and Salut Bar Americain, have entered into a purchase agreement with FS Funds, a Minneapolis-based private equity group that currently owns four Original Pancake Houses.

Chef José Andrés' Local Appearance Was Heartwarming and Hilarious

There was no disaster in Minnesota and yet Chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides disaster relief one meal at a time, showed up.

Sysco Minnesota’s Foodie Experience Shows Off Local Products

Sysco Minnesota’s Foodie Experience February 27 was a good place to go for innovative food ideas and good food—especially if you missed lunch that day. More than 44 local vendors from the tri-state area presented their products.

And the Charlies goes to....

The 9th annual Charlie Awards took the stage last Sunday at the Pantages Theater. Here's a list of the winners. For the full coverage including photos and commentary, stay tuned for the March issue.

Hospitality MN Honors Restaurateurs at Annual Gala

For the first time in its history, Hospitality Minnesota’s three branches—the Minnesota Restaurant Association, Minnesota Lodging Association and Minnesota Resort & Campground Association—celebrated as one.

Meet the 2020 Charlies Hosts

Foodservice News is happy to welcome back Jason DeRusha as host for the 2020 Charlie Awards, along with his WCCO morning co-anchor Kim Johnson. This is DeRusha’s third time giving his take on the foodservice community from the Pantages’ pulpit.

What's Entertaining at the Charlie Awards Feb. 9

This year’s Charlies will be even more entertaining than in years past, and it's just over two weeks away. Don't you think it's time you bought your ticket to the foodservice industry's Academy Awards February 9?

Starbucks' Star Turn With Reserve Roastery

Starbucks, never one to sit back on its high-number-of stores laurels, is opening mega-stores called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery.

2020 Finalists for the Charlie Awards Announced

It’s been a long time coming—at least if you’re the one counting the three rounds of voting—but we now have the completed list of finalists for the 2020 Charlie Awards. And we think you'll agree that in a community with an abundance of outstanding restaurants, breweries, catering companies, we've curated a culinary treasure trove.
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