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Consumer Spending Slips Slightly While Travel Soars

Good news for the hospitality and travel industry, as a new report from First Data shows that while overall consumer spending slipped in May, travel spending shot up 6.2 percent, leading all industries tracked by the point-of-sale network.

Cocktail Room Boom Continues at Lawless Distilling

To be the neighborhood dive bar of cocktail rooms. That’s the intent behind Lawless Distilling Company’s iteration of the cocktail lounge.

With Art Institutes Closure, MN to Lose Another Culinary School

The Art Institutes International Minnesota is no longer enrolling new students as it charts a course to the closure of its Minneapolis campus in three years.

Minneapolis-based Coastal Seafoods Sold to Chicago’s Fortune Fish

Owner Suzanne Weinstein is selling Coastal Seafoods, the company she started in 1981 that today services more than 300 restaurants and retails stores in five states.

New Overtime Rule: Lots of Work Ahead, but It Could've Been Worse

New overtime rules are not quite as bad as many people feared when the initial proposal came out last July, but there’s plenty of work to be done.

Coach Jerry Kill to Headline Minnesota Hospitality Expo

Former University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill will give the keynote address September 22 at the 2016 Minnesota Hospitality Conference and Expo at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Simple Keywords, Straightforward Applications Key in Cutthroat Labor Market

According to a survey of companies hiring via Snagajob, the tough labor trends aren’t getting any better, but operators do have some options to make things easier.

Talking UberEats With Jason Droege

Could there soon be an Uber for everything? I had the chance to sit down with the man whose actual title is Head of UberEverything after he spoke as part of the National Restaurant Association’s Signature ’16 keynote presentation Sunday, May 22, during the annual NRA Show in Chicago.

Stewart Woodman Returns to Twin Cities Dining Scene

Stewart Woodman, the former chef and owner of critically acclaimed Heidi's, returns from Rochester to take the helm at Bloomington restaurant Lela.

Foodservice News Helps Out Second Harvest Heartland

Foodservice News staffers join The List networking group to lend a hand packing food for a local food bank.

Blended Burgers and a Trip to the James Beard House

A partnership with the Mushroom Council, the James Beard Foundation's Blended Burger Project invites chefs to create their own burger blend using 25 percent mushrooms, then spread the word about their new featured menu item on social media and encourage customers to vote online May 30 through July 31.

MN Businesses Pitch Concepts at Shark Tank-Style Event

Through reporting, networking and our own events, I get to see a lot of companies pitch the virtues of their concepts to industry experts, developers and financiers. Wednesday morning, I got another taste of that chum as part of a local event modeled (and named) after ABC’s popular Shark Tank show.
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