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Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant Owners Want Safety Issues Addressed

In the cover story of the October issue, we introduced you to a downtown Minneapolis group of restaurant owners who have banded together to come up with solutions to improve the downtown environment for both restaurant employees and customers. They believe that both the reality and perception of public safety issues are discouraging people from going downtown, which in effect is harming both the restaurants' livelihood and the future of the city.

Open Arms Extends its Reach and Other News

Here's our Monday afternoon wrap-up of stories too late for the October issue and too early for November. Get updates on cheese boxes, employment changes and a restaurant closing.

Cochon 555: A Sweatpants-clad Toast to the Restaurant Industry

Cooking a pork steak on a Zoom call with 150 other virtual people in pajamas is a far cry from the raucous pork-themed bacchanalia of a typical Cochon 555 event, but it was an enjoyable homebound reminder that the restaurant industry struggles onward as do the local farmers that support it.

Live from Crooners

First live music was silenced, then live-streamed when it was thought COVID would be over quickly.

From the Editor: Squirrelly Observations

Everyone at the park that meanders along the Mississippi River in Red Wing was social distancing, except one especially aggressive squirrel who had his eye on my picnic lunch.

Server Speak: How Has Your Job Changed?

How Has Your Job Changed?

Industry Voices: Timothy McKenna, Mill Valley

Describing his career, Timothy McKenna says he “slowly crept” from server to management, but in actuality the elevator ride only required a few months before his innate talent for bringing out the best in people was discovered.

Popul Vuh rebrands to live another day

Most concept changes don’t tug at your heartstrings. But when Tanya Spaulding, principal at Shea, was asked to reconceptualize Popul Vuh in Northeast Minneapolis, she had mixed emotions.

Coffee Talk

Tickets to the Minnesota State Fair’s food parade went on sale the last Friday of July and sold out immediately.

8 Local Franchisees Rank Among Top 200 in Country

Four Minnesota companies and an equal number in Wisconsin made the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s 200 Restaurant Franchisee list based on revenue for 2019.

Restaurants Address Rise in Employee Activism

Although Justin Butler’s Duck Donuts franchise is in an affluent suburb, Butler’s employees were still concerned back in early summer that the rioting surrounding the death of George Floyd while in police custody would affect them.

News Briefs: Dismissal of Lawsuit; COVID treats

A lawsuit over a 52-cent wellness surcharge brought against a Minneapolis multi-concept restaurant group last November was dismissed by a Hennepin County District Court judge in July.
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