What he had hoped to be an interim closing has sadly proven permanent for Chai's Thai owner George Zheng. He spoke with the Hot Dish about his decision to shutter his beloved West Bank restaurant.See Also:Former Heidi's employees take to crowd-funding to replace lost wagesConfirmed: True Thai has cl ... More >>
Marilyn Hagerty, the Grand Forks Herald restaurant reviewer whose writeup of a local Olive Garden went viral last spring, won the prestigious Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media for lifetime achievement last week."It was just overwhelming because other winners of the award were Walter ... More >>
See also: Olive Garden review: the greatest restaurant review ever written The Grand Forks Herald restaurant writer whose homey review of a new Olive Garden created a weeks-long internet sensation will receive a prestigious national journalism award that has previously gone to such luminaries as Wa ... More >>
Harriet Brasserie is coming to Linden Hills. The new restaurant will be housed in an old firehouse and will focus on dishes that are multicultural in influence and locally farmed. The owners of the Harriet Brasserie, Alain Lenne, Helen Hamman, and Fernando Silvo, who will also serve as executiv ... More >>
After a great run writing reviews for City Pages, I will probably need to tender a letter of resignation because Marilyn Hagerty, Eatbeat columnist for Grand Forks Herald, just won restaurant reviewing. Forever.Today's column, which she has been writing for years, titled "Long-awaited Olive Garde ... More >>
BW3 had a hot 2011. What's hotter than BW3's blazin' sauce? The Minneapolis-based company's stock, that's what. Buffalo Wild Wings' profits soared 34 percent during the the fourth quarter of 2011, surpassing analysts' expectations. In total, the company killed it all 2011 long, with net income gr ... More >>
We may be fit, but apparently Twin Citians also love fast food.According to a study by QSR (for quick-service restaurant) Magazine, from 2000 through 2010, the Twin Cities had the third-largest increase in fast-food spending of any metropolis over 1 million in population. That, combined with the ... More >>
Buca di Beppo's Minneapolis headquarters will be moving to Orlando, Florida, in April, according to a story in the Star Tribune.
www.slpwoodfiregrill.comTaher closes Wayzata Eatery, but opens St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill.Wayzata Eatery, the Taher Corporation's first foray into the restaurant business, has shut its doors, reports Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. The Minnetonka-based food service company previously clos ... 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 >>
WestwordApplebee's: Corporate posersThe Simpsons famously asked, "If you take away our right to steal ideas, where are they gonna come from?" Entertainment is built on stolen ideas, of course. But so, it seems, is the food industry, especially in recent years. Indie food trends--from food tr ... 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 >>
Brent SchoonoverSt. Paul restaurants vs. food trucks.When the city of Minneapolis was creating its food truck policy, several restaurant owners spoke out against it, saying the competition was unfair. Now that food trucks have come out in full force in downtown St. Paul, the Pioneer Press h ... More >>
The proposed law would add restrictions on patio capacity and late-night musicOpponents and supporters of a controversial proposal to add restrictions on restaurant patios packed a Minneapolis City Council committee meeting Monday night, and after a debate by more than two dozen speakers, the ... More >>
Perhaps no local company will be more affected if the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the NFL stay home this season than Buffalo Wild Wings. The restaurant chain--a favorite locale for eating wings while watching sports, as we documented in our recent cover story, "The Wing to Power"---st ... More >>
Chipotle fired 450 Minnesota employees after an immigration audit.Until recently, Chipotle Mexican Grills has refused to reveal how many Minnesota workers it fired last year in the wake of an audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But a new filing with the Security and Exchange Commi ... More >>
Deals at D'Amico Kitchen. You've already made plans for Valentine's Day: Strong work! But how do you plan on stoking the fire beyond next week's steak-and-chocolate gorge fest? Check out the D'Amico restaurant group's plans for a new "date night" promotion that will run every Sunday evening ... More >>
www.sheaanything.comRosa Mexicano is coming to Minneapolis.Rosa Mexicano, the nine-location restaurant chain that spread from New York to Miami to Los Angeles, is on its way to downtown Minneapolis. Before you start having flashbacks to the mediocre Mexican fare Chevy's used to offer at Seven ... More >>
ICE bears down and the fast-food chain reacts
sleepfordaysMexican food, yes. Mexican workers, no.At least 48 workers at area Chipotle restaurants have been fired after rumors that the Immigration and Customs Service conducted an I-9 audit or "desktop raid" looking for undocumented immigrants.Brad Sigal, a member of the Minnesota Immigrant Ri ... More >>
It's tea time in Woodbury!Can you believe that just a decade ago, most Twin Citians wouldn't have known bubble tea from bubble gum? The Tea Garden is already eight years old, and it just opened its sixth location, a shop in Woodbury called the Steepery Tea Bar. Steepery offers more than 50 v ... More >>
Emmer plans to go after the rich...servers?Based on his statements yesterday, it seems Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Emmer has never worked in the restaurant business. At the Eagle Street Grille in St. Paul he proposed that restaurant owners should pay a lower minimum wage (ofte ... More >>
The Business Journal reports that Parasole has some big growth plans in store. The restaurant group's estimated 2009 revenue is about $60 million, and management has set a goal to grow to a point where they're making $100-$150 million in annual sales by adding multiple locations of existing c ... More >>
Naked sushi at the now-defunct TempleMost restaurants don't offer naked sushi, but that doesn't mean that diners might not encounter a bare breast from time to time. State statute 145.905 authorizes mothers to breast feed in public. It reads: "A mother may breast-feed in any location, publi ... More >>
Another one bites the dust at 533 Hennepin...
Caribou Coffee's new logo looks less like a caribou than one of the strangest looking animals on the planet.
Italian-American restaurant Maggiano's Little Italy will close for good Jan. 25.
Roseville's putting on its first Restaurant Week this week, with 11 restaurants offering three-course meals for $25.
Looking for a weight loss plan for 2010? Taco Bell wants you to consider its new "drive-thru" diet.
Do fast food restaurants care more about your kids than the government?
Is Arby's going down? It might even be doing so without a fight.
Seafood comes to the southern suburbs...
T.G.I. Friday's promises free burgers in exchange free marketing from Facebook users.
Wednesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Businesses that launch during a recession (see: IHOP, Burger King) seem to do better in the long run.
Despite hefty losses, Minneapolis bar owners can't get anyone to reconsider the smoking ban
U of M officials say all-ages bar nights send "the wrong message"--unless, of course, they make money for the school