The ability to move 600 people through a restaurant in one night is no small feat. It’s a challenge the staff at Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant regularly confronts, when two-set nights give them just 20 minutes to reset some 300 covers before the next act takes the stage—and another wave of guests arrive.
The atmosphere at the St. Paul RiverCentre was most hospitable Tuesday, September 16, as nearly 200 booths filled the exhibit hall for the inaugural Minnesota Hospitality Expo.
When Paul Dzubnar thinks about his business strategy as a restaurant owner, it comes down to diversification. “I think about it like investing in the stock market,” says Dzubnar. “You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket.”
With the deadline extended to Friday, September 26, there’s still time to participate in the 2014 Charlie Awards. It is free to enter, and each participating restaurant will be able to post details on their establishment along with a photo of what they consider to be its top dish in order to vie for Outstanding Restaurant Food Item.
It’s not often one solitary restaurant can help rid the world of an aggressive invader—and at the same time feed a rowdy crowd all the crayfish they can eat (or 2,200 pounds, whichever comes first) along with bottomless Hurricanes and beer.