At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free. The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of ... More >>
Roundy's Inc. is leaving the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported on Wednesday. The majority of its stores have been sold to Supervalu Inc. and Lund Food Holdings Inc., in addition to three other independent companies. Ten of the 18 Rainbow stores that were sold will be ... More >>
Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>
The final sad bits of the Metrodome came crashing down over the weekend. Concrete is still strewn on the site, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority tells us workers will soon crush it up and haul it away.SEE ALSO: The classic Zygi/Dayton photo: Top tweets After that, the Dome will be nothin ... More >>
Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for th ... More >>
State, city, business, and Vikings officials want Minneapolis to host the Super Bowl in 2018, and it's not because of the goodness of their hearts.SEE ALSO: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets Kristen Montag, communications director for Meet Minneapolis -- the non-profit tasked with putting ... More >>
Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry
Yesterday, the New York Observer published a lengthy piece about the backstory behind the Wilf family's incredible wealth and the New Jersey lawsuit where a judge blasted the family for using "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking business partners out of more than $80 million dollars.SEE ALSO: Viki ... More >>
It's baaaack! Less than a year after the last attempt to legalize Sunday liquor sales was killed in the House, the bill has been resurrected from the dead in the Senate.SEE ALSO: Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenueAuthored by Senator Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, and Senator Jeremy Mille ... More >>
Not to be outdone by all of the noise that their Twin Cities brethren the Replacements have made as of late, Hüsker Dü just announced plans to release some early songs the band recorded at the Old Blackberry Way studio back in 1980 for this year's Record Store Day on April 20th. The four songs we ... More >>
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the walls of the big-food industry? Well, that's something local industry-insider-turned-author Bruce Bradley knows a little about. Bradley, who lives in Minneapolis, has spent over 15 years working as a marketing executive for some of the biggest food com ... More >>
The St. Croix Chocolate Company has been supplying the river valley with artisan chocolates since 2010. But located somewhat outside the usual foodie sphere of influence, seasonally inspired chocolates with flavors like violet, pear caramel, or wildflower honey initially raised some eyeb ... More >>
By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
As the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertaining plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is Hymie's Vintage Records, who have a full-day of great music and merriment plan ... More >>
Winterfest is THE hot ticket of the Twin Cities beer-fest year. A showcase for members of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, it is open only to Minnesota breweries. They are all trying to out-do each other in a friendly competition for bragging rights to the best beer in the state, so ever brewer b ... More >>
Food stamps account for 40 percent of sales at Supervalu's Save-A-Lot stores.Eden Prairie-based Supervalu is one of a handful of grocery chains changing the way it operates to accommodate the record number of food stamp recipients. From opening supermarkets at midnight, when government benefits a ... More >>
Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>
After months of insisting that Arden Hills is the team's preferred site for a new Vikings stadium, it appears ownership is warming to the idea of staying in downtown Minneapolis.During meetings with state political leaders yesterday, owner Zygi Wilf reportedly displayed maps showing how a new sta ... More >>
Bemidji Brewing is state's newest brewery-to-beFor the Minnesota craft-beer world there's yet another new kid on the block; or at least on its way to the block. From up there near the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi comes the announcement of Bemidji Brewing Company. The brewery's three p ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWe already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>
Yael GrauerBen & Jerry's popular limited-edition flavor is a best-sellerFinding Schweddy Balls in the Twin Cities ain't easy, as the popular Ben & Jerry's limited-edition flavor has been flying off shelves. If you've been curious to try it, here's where you can pick up a pint in the Twin Ci ... More >>
Outback servers won a class action lawsuit over tip pooling. Tip-pooling--when a restaurant's waitstaff shares a percentage of their gratuities with untipped staffers, such as bussers and dishwashers--has become a popular practice at some local restaurants, including Piccolo and Travail. Bu ... More >>
Barrio Restaurant Group think it's easy for restaurateurs to blame food trucks for their problems.Local food truck vendors are striking back at the suggestion that their trucks are eating local restaurants' profits. "I think in a downward economy we blame everybody but ourselves as restauran ... More >>
Venture out this Valentine's Day.Cupid has hit the Twin Cities. Explore Valentine's, viticulture, and vegetable gardens this Week in Food. Monday 2/14 Appeal to Cupid's culinary senses this Valentine's Day with myriad dining options. Wednesday 2/16 The Surly Appreciation Party keeps on kickin' ... More >>
Currently, you can order this beverage in a bar on Sundays, but not buy it in a store.A bill to allow Sunday liquor sales, SF 197, is being introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Scott Dibble, Linda Scheid, and Roger Reinert of the DFL and Republican Sen. John Howe. How would you like your ... More >>
Harriet Brewing Company Harriet Brewing Company opening in Minneapolisisn't just the latest entry into the burgeoning Minnesota beer scene, it's also the first new non-brewpub brewery in the city of Minneapolis since the Grain Belt Brewery closed in 1975. The brand-new brewery is housed in a ... More >>
Talk about your bold rebranding. The websites for WCCO television and radio have been combined and subsumed into a brand new expression of corporate identity: "CBS Minnesota." Good bye, Good Neighbor online? The site rolled out today, along with a new address: minnesota.cbslocal.com.
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The Star Tribune's circulation numbers took a precipitous tumble in the six months ending September 30, according to numbers released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulation.
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McClatchy will subsequently sell 12 of the 32 Knight Ridder papers it is acquiring in the $4.5 billion deal, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Way back in November, when news first broke of a shareholder revolt at Knight Ridder, the Star Tribune rather forcefully poo-poohed the possibility that the Strib's parent company, McClatchy, might make a bid for the faltering newspaper chain. In the Twin Cities market, this was a matter of no trifl ... More >>
Car-seat country scores a family-friendly wine bar with a serious education mission
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