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Readers of Foodservice News don’t often get to see Iris Page in front of the camera, since she’s normally the one taking pictures and notes for our Server Speak feature. But we ran into her dressed as an old-fashioned cigarette girl at Martin Patrick 3’s holiday party early in December and couldn’t resist snapping her picture. A member of Sheep Theater group, Page is used to playing a part, but rest assured those were candy cigarettes and chocolate cigars she’s pushing. It’s hard artistically to compete with Martin Patrick’s merchandising prowess, but the food managed to be a standout as well. Catering was by Cynthia Olson of Never Enough Thyme in Saint Louis Park. The challenge of the evening was not getting enough to eat or drink, but rather not spilling your drink on the Brunello Cucinellis shoes or Jimmy Reagan ties. And with so many sweets wrapped in shimmering bright blue, it would be even harder to follow a Marty-ism gleaned from Martin Patrick's website: “Buy a tuxedo before you are 30. Stay that size.”


Commercial real estate brokers Brent Erickson and Erik Ordway have joined Newmark Knight Frank. Erickson and Ordway were formerly with Cushman & Wakefield, and will be focusing primarily on landlord agency and tenant representation. “Attracting Erickson, one of the most prolific and successful downtown leasing brokers in the market, and Ordway, who propelled his career by setting new high-water-mark prices for brick and timber buildings in Minneapolis,” is a coup, for NKF, which opened a Minneapolis office in May 2017, the release says, 

6Smith was featured in the “Dockside Dining” episode on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise program December 10. Food Paradise focuses on must-see food spots across the country that offer unique dining experiences, according to its website. The Wayzata restaurant is located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka and has a lakeside patio, plus rooftop dining.  The episode was taped in early September, where the only visible ice was in a cocktail. 


Steve Willoughby has joined the ACP Inc team as vice president of sales and marketing. ACP produces commercial microwave and speed ovens under the Amana Commercial brand within North America, and the Menumaster Commercial brand globally. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ACP is a member of the Ali Group—a privately held company based in Milan, Italy, that specializes in designing, manufacturing and servicing of commercial foodservice equipment. 


Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is closing its Tucci Benucch, one of the first restaurants at Mall of America, in early February, after its lease expired. The accompanying Magic Pan Crepe Stand concept will also close.

AmeriPride Services, a Minneapolis textile rental services and supply company, received the silver Best in Biz award in the new category of “Most Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year.” The Best in Biz Awards is a business awards program judged by an independent judging panel comprised of members of the press and industry analysts. Some of AmeriPride’s environmental achievements include: heat reclamation systems, water conservation and reuse, solar power in several processing plants, automatic shut-off systems in trucks, delivery and route optimization technology and alternative-fuel vehicles.


The Twin Cities doesn't have Coyote Ugly, a franchise known for its beautiful bartenders dancing on the bar and subsequent movie, but come February we will have Coyote Pretty, a country-western bar with a dance floor at 20 N. 4th Street in Minneapolis's warehouse district. Sister concept Maxim Playhouse is also opening at 28 No. 4th. The PR behind the two concepts are quick to add Maxim is not affiliated with the men's magazine of the same name, nor are the ugly and pretty coyotes related. 

Coffee Talk

Espresso Royale is closing its three Minnesota locations due to low sales and increased competition, according to the Minnesota Daily newspaper. Especially noteworthy is the closing in Dinkytown, the area populated by students around the University of Minnesota campus. The loss of independent restaurants in favor of chains caused City Pages writer Jay Boller to revisit a time in 1970 when students protested for 40 days (and nights?) when burger chain Red Barn located to Dinkytown. The controversy was captured in a documentary, "The Dinkytown Uprising," he wrote in City Pages.

Bottle Rocket, the Blue Plate Restaurant Company that replaced its Scusi concept, closed it doors in St. Paul’s Mac-Groveland area in December.


Glam Doll Donuts now has a delivery van so vegan donuts can be delivered to its northeast location. 


Minneapolis-based organic rum and vodka distiller Drake's Organic Spirits announced it took gold in the rum category and silver in the vodka category at the recent Asia International Spirits Competition held in September and November 2017 in Hong Kong. The competition is the first major international spirits competition with trade-only judges comprised of buyers from the top retail stores, sommeliers, mixologists, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors, and importers. Nearly 100 submissions from 15-plus countries competed in a blind tasting. Drake's was co-founded in 2017 by Mark and Kristen Anderson. 


St. Paul public relations executive Brian McClung is investing in Clutch Brewing Co., to help bring Minnesota-made beer back to the iconic Schmidt Brewery site in St. Paul. Clutch will open in 2018 in the historic Keg & Case Market at the Schmidt Brewery site on W. 7th Street. Other tenants in the project include a new restaurant from the owners of Revival and Corner Table, Sweet Science Ice cream, Five Watt Coffee, and a 60-stall indoor food and farmers market.


Chef Seth Bixby Daugherty is now running the from-scratch kitchen at Open Arms, a nonprofit that delivers meals to people with life-threatening diseases.  

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