Elevate Research, a new start-up out of St. Paul, is launching an app that allows patrons to rank their dining experiences using customized customer satisfaction surveys while receiving real-time responses from management. Unfortunately, the app only benefits customers and owners, leaving servers wi ... More >>
A beautiful summer day, mixed with food trucks, promises of cold beer, and discounted tickets led to a Sunday full of frustrations for many attendees of the first Minnesota Food Truck Fair. Using Groupon and Living Social, organizers sold thousands of tickets to Sunday's event. Through social media, ... More >>
Minnesotans love their summer festivals. It makes sense. This is a horrifically cold and awful place to live (It's true. Admit it. Give up the ghost. Winter is awful) most of the year, so we try to cram as much fun as we can into our two habitable months. This sense of urgency might also explain why ... More >>
Tony NelsonDuplex Restaurant closesThe 2006 and 2007 winner of the Best Restaurant for a First Date and famous peddler of poutine, Duplex Restaurant on Hennepin announced that after six years in business it is closing its doors for good.
The Star Tribune has promoted Vita.mn sales manager Ben Ganje, potentially creating a significant void in the ad team of its weekly entertainment tabloid. Ganje has been reassigned to head the Strib's "Daily Deals" program, signaling a major push into Groupon-land by the Minneapolis daily as well a ... More >>
Google announces purchase of ZagatGoogle has just announced the purchase of Zagat, the longtime publisher of restaurant ratings, bringing the search giant into the food sector and threatening nascent rival Yelp. So, today, I'm thrilled that Google has acquired Zagat. Moving forward, Zagat wil ... More >>
After rejecting a $6 billion purchase offer from Google, GoogleGroupon plans to IPO with a $30 billion valuation. Word on the street--from its SEC filing, actually--is that Groupon owes $681 million in current liabilities and has just $376 million in assets. But how can Groupon possibly lo ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenSade with John LegendAugust 9, 2011Target Center, Minneapolis"I've been told Minneapolis is one of the coldest towns in the whole world," Sade told the Target Center crowd last night, only one song into her set. "I don't think so. I think you are one of the coolest towns. And ... More >>
Every Twin Cities resident with taste buds can attest to the fact that we have one of the most vibrant and varied restaurant scenes in the country. In fact, it may be a little too varied- How is a regular person supposed to be able to afford sampling from all of the amazing local ... More >>
The rise of Groupon, LivingSocial, Deal Stork, and other advance-purchase coupons has created a new source of social anxiety: how to split the check. Washington DC's City Paper recently looked into the question of dining-by-deal-site etiquette when a blog post's author relayed the story of h ... More >>
More griping about Groupon from businesses and consumers.On the heels of Groupon's recent lawsuit regarding illegal expiration dates, the company is taking more heat. The Wall Street Journal found that merchants who used deal-a-day sites "regularly absorbed as much as 75% of a deal's cost a ... More >>
Groupon getting into trouble over expiration dates.Groupon, the deal-a-day coupon business that includes many restaurant discounts, has more than 70 million subscribers on its email list. But it also now has multiple lawsuits on its hands, including one in Minnesota, alleging that its busines ... More >>
Punch Neapolitan PizzaIs this a deal or a deal breaker?Earlier this month, Punch Neapolitan Pizza posted on its Facebook page, Your ideas needed. We have gotten feedback that big promos make it hard for 'regulars' with long lines. What would be nice, fun smaller scale deals to try out [?] P ... More >>
Will and Hammer get ready to dazzle AmericaTwitter shines brightest at those moments of all-encompassing togetherness -- blizzards, uprisings, tablet computer magazine launches, bare penises, and duh, the Super Bowl. This year was -- wow -- an explosion of diamond wit at what we'll now call ... More >>
Today Groupon celebrates one very successful year of business in the Twin Cities, where the company enjoys about 330,000 subscribers (as compared to 550,000 in NYC and 800,000 in Chicago). The deal-a-day voucher service has offered up around 400 group discounts via email to the greater Minneapoli ... More >>
If you're paying full price, you're paying too much.Paying too much? In tough economic times, one of the first budgetary cuts is often eating out. But with so many restaurants embracing social media and finding new ways to get customers, there's never been a better time to eat out. Here are 10 ... More >>
Groupon's believers enthuse about its marketing possibilities, while skeptics blame Groupon for preying on people's fears.
If a restaurant gives $50 of food away for $25, and the site takes half, the restaurant makes $12.50 on $50 worth of food...