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January 2020

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Restaurant Roundup

Notable restaurant closings continue in the Twin Cities, including St. Paul Frogtown mainstay Big Daddy’s Barbeque.

Northern Coffeeworks moves into retail

The crew at Northern Coffeeworks is young, idealistic and a bit quirky. They’re outdoor people with indoor jobs.

From the Editor: Visiting the Person of the Year

Being on Sue Zelickson’s radar means there’s always a fun event to go to.

Server Speak: Name a New Year’s resolution you’ve kept

Name a New Year’s resolution you’ve kept

Industry Ink: Emi Sporcic

As a kid, Emi Sporcic always wore black. Morbid? Not really, her taste in black clothes was just a precursor to her future career.

Coffee Talk

Spyhouse Coffee Roasters has named Kevin Wencel president, leading operational strategy and business growth with a commitment to building strong producer partnerships.

Make-your-own-beer establishment changing

Competition from the growing number of Twin Cities tap rooms is forcing changes at Vine Park Brewing Company in St. Paul’s West End neighborhood.

Culinary Curiosities: Peach Melba

The restaurant world has significant dishes, named after the famous—or infamous—that still make our mouths water, even hundreds of years later.

Insights from Grubhub’s Year in Delivery report

Amid the holiday feasting, Grubhub unveiled its annual “Year In Food” report, showing what we all feasted on throughout the 2019 year of delivery.

Around Town

Billy Sushi will be opening in the Sweet Chow location in the North Loop.

Chef couple designs healthy lifestyle

Life balance are two words not in many restaurateurs’ lexicon, but 25 years into their careers, chef partners Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer decided less really can be more.

Healthcare Resources

The following is a list of resources put together by Springboard for the Arts that they’ve graciously shared with our readers.

Institutional Dining: Chefing at Hy-Vee

Scott Parks’ commute is over an hour both ways and yet he considers his job at Hy-Vee’s Market Grille restaurant in Cottage Grove the best one he’s ever had.

The Charlies: Meet the 2020 Finalists

Check out the finalists in 12 categories first here, and then from your seat at the Pantages Theater, Sunday, February 9, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Industry News: Two promotions; two industry awards

Restaurant Technologies, the country’s leading provider of cooking-oil management and automated exhaust cleaning solutions, appointed Tim Curran to the position of senior vice president of operations.

North Loop gets second food hall

I was first introduced to the Galley Group’s concept in Cleveland, Ohio, so I had a bit of a déjà vu experience when I visited their newest food hall in Minneapolis’ North Loop.

Restaurant Openings

A bubble tea spot, Simplicitea, just opened north of the old Mac’s spot in St. Paul.

New and Noteworthy

Following a more than $2 million investment and years of research and development, SaltWorks is launching its Perfect Smoke Technology.

Hospitality Minnesota Report

Across the country—including in Minnesota—an increasing number of restaurants are adopting the use of service charges on customer bills, generally to cover the cost of health and wellness initiatives for employees.

Commodities Report

Trade negotiations continued this fall with major trading partners including China, Japan, Mexico and Canada.

By the Numbers

It’s not uncommon for restaurants to have some kind of retail component, but in the past these retail endeavors offered products related to the restaurant, such as sauces or frozen pizzas, or items leveraging the restaurant’s name—T-shirts and mugs.

Common Foodsense

I’m thinking of writing a musical about a restaurant. The subject seems made for the stage, don’t you think?

Hangin’ with Klecko

Recently, I was part of a literary project that brought me to the home of our nation’s founding fathers.

Ask the Expert: Centerpoint Energy

Ann Lovcik, foodservice energy efficiency consultant at CenterPoint Energy, brings 17 years of expertise.

ACF News

The plans are finalized and the chef of the year chosen for the American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chef’s Chapter’s 2019 Awards Dinner on January 20.

Events Calendar

Industry events
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