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People Watching at the Grand Cafe

Dining at the Grand Café (May 12) the second night it reopened under the new ownership of chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson was like hobnobbing with the who’s who of the Twin Cities' culinary scene.

Getting a New Perspective On Breakfast

You haven't lived until you've cooked in a kitchen with a 5-year-old with a butcher knife, Perspective Board Member Jill Sando promised the businesswomen at the Women of Perspective breakfast Thursday, May 11. And, no, she wasn't trying to scare off the potential donors and volunteers, but rather let them know just how successful the Kids Cafe program at Perspectives in St. Louis Park has been at teaching kids how to fend for themselves in a kitchen (please note the knife is for chopping, not protection).

Will the Real Sue Zelickson Please Stand Up?

We were told, “Good luck getting traffic to your Charlies booth at the US Foods show if Sue isn’t there.” And so we made sure Sue was there—if not in person then at least in cardboard.

James Beard Winners With Connections to the Twin Cities

I was sitting upstairs at Tilia while the staff took turns in the back checking the live internet feed to see if their boss, Steven Brown, would walk away with the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest.

FSN to Produce Charlie Awards

Longtime sponsor Foodservice News has agreed to take over production and administration of the Charlie Awards—the annual celebration of the best of the food and beverage industries in the Twin Cities—from the founders of the annual event, Scott Mayer and Sue Zelickson.

Jamie Malone, Erik Anderson Are Grand Café’s New Owners

Well, the rumors are true. Jamie Malone and fellow chef and partner Erik Anderson, who have long been working on another restaurant, Brut, bought Grand Café and, after some updates, will reopen the neighborhood spot in May.

Servers in Minneapolis Average $28/Hour, MRA Survey Says

The Pathway to $15 campaign released March 27 the results of a wage survey that shows tipped restaurant employees in Minneapolis average $28.56 an hour based on their hourly wage and tips. The survey also showed that cooks average $13.89 an hour and that support employees make $12.64 an hour.

Chef Grae Nonas Wins Minneapolis Cochon 555 Title

Minneapolis has a new Prince of Porc. Grae Nonas, who came from Austin, Texas, to open Tullibee restaurant at The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, took the mantle during the local stop of the 2017 Cochon 555 tour.

Angel Food Bakery Wants to Keep Your Bad Ex-lovers on Pins and Needled

Want an ex-love to experience a little justified bad Juju? There’s a doughnut for that.

Ready to Return: The Lexington Sets Opening Date

Expect an elevated menu of supper club favorites and cocktails including an old fashioned, brandy slush and rum punch.

Here’s Why Diners Are Losing Their Appetites

Bonnie Riggs, a veteran researcher at the NPD Group, noticed a numerical anomaly as she examined last year’s industry traffic. It stopped halfway through 2016, then nosedived.

Restaurant Association Responds to Mayor’s Support for Higher Minneapolis Minimum Wage

The MRA’s announcement came a day after Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges issued a statement changing her position in support of a higher city-only minimum wage, which she said the city council would pass in the first half of 2017. What that wage should be, Hodges doesn’t say, but she made clear she doesn’t support a different wage for tipped workers.
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