As the longest federal government shutdown in history drags on, businesses across America are stepping in to offer shutdown specials and furlough freebies to affected federal employees.
Nothing can really ease the anxiety of multiple missed paychecks, but maybe these discounts at Twin Cities restaurants, bars, and more will provide a bit of a morale boost.
Anyone affected by the shutdown—federal employees, government employees, TSA—gets 50 percent off their entire order at the south Minneapolis soul food spot. Just show the staff “reasonable credentials” like an ID badge or card. 805 E. 38th St., Minneapolis; 612-367-4978; funkygrits.com
The coffee shop and roastery is giving federal workers a free drink with government ID. Limit one beverage per person. 20700 Chippendale Ave. W., Farmington; 651-333-9398; bluenosecoffee.com
Punch Bowl Social
The adult arcade is offering a 25 percent discount on all food, beverages, and games to federal employees impacted by the shutdown. To get the discount, show your government ID to your server before ordering. 1691 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park; 763-400-3865; punchbowlsocial.com
At the cinema chain tailormade for food lovers, federal employees affected by the shutdown can get one free ticket per day, Mondays through Thursdays in January. Present a federal ID at the box office. Note that free tickets are valid for new or current releases only and can’t be used for specialty programming or events. 9060 Hudson Rd., Woodbury; 651-829-2623; drafthouse.com
Did somebody say "complimentary meals to federal government employees working without pay or laid off as a result of the ongoing government shutdown"? Yup, it was Afro Deli, and the deals are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the shutdown ends. Just bring your federal government ID to either location. 5 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul and 720 Washington Av. SE., Minneapolis; afrodeli.com
The St. Paul Airport's stunning eatery is doing discounted breakfast for those who now find themselves with no reason to get to work weekday mornings. A fiver furnishes a Holman's Breakfast (toast, eggs, meat, hasbrowns) on Monday through Friday, 8 to 10 a.m. 644 Bayfield St., St. Paul; 612-800-5298, holmanstable.com
Brianno's Deli Italia
Brianno's is "not trying to make a political point," but they are worriedabout folks working without pay right now. So, they're giving 35 percent off to anyone who flashes a government ID until the shutdown ends. 2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan; 651-895-1088, briannos.com
Finally, it’s not food-related (unless you visit Elements Cafe, Chomp, or Java Lab), but the Science Museum of Minnesota is offering federal employees free combination exhibit gallery and Omnitheater admission for themselves and up to three guests. Present a valid government ID card at the box office.
-- The Minnesota Orchestra will give furloughed employees a free pair of tickets, too.
-- The Twin City Model Railroad Museum will offer free admission this Friday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) for families that provide a federal ID.