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Owamni opened its doors in 2021 and shares its name with the place at the historic falls along the Mississippi River — Wakpa Tanka, as Dakota people say.
These local favorites may become your new favorites.
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan held a press conference at Little Thistle Brewing to celebrate the signing of the "Free the Growler" bill that allows larger breweries in the state to sell 64 oz. growlers and smaller breweries now have the option to sell 12 or 16 oz. canned beers and seltzers in their taprooms.
A year after retirement from pro hockey has meant positive lifestyle changes for David Backes and his wife, Kelly, as they prepare for their biggest post-hockey venture with the opening of a new restaurant.

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According to the survey, 36% of hospitality operators say their business has returned to, or surpassed, pre-pandemic revenue levels. However, 37% say they won't cross that threshold until next year.
The journey for chef Martin Schmidlin to arrive in America with his family was difficult but worthwhile.
The death by suicide of the charismatic Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef who openly struggled with addiction and mental illness, resonated with many restaurant workers. Then came the pandemic, which helped relaunch tough conversations about the psychological impacts of restaurant jobs. A Denver company with 10 restaurants had a revelation: Let’s hire a full-time mental health clinician.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Jan 20, in Hennepin County District Court, the restaurants and bars asked a judge to nullify the Minneapolis vaccine rule, arguing the policy is an undue burden on businesses that already suffered from restrictions earlier in the pandemic. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include a Minnesota Jimmy John's franchisee and several Minneapolis bars including downtown's Gay 90's.
Area chefs sharpen their knives against haters of the bird and say they "can't imagine doing Thanksgiving without a turkey."

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Full-service restaurants — those with wait-staff and sit-down service — saw jobs decline by 16%. Limited-service restaurants, such as fast-food eateries, saw a 27% decline. But some St. Paul retailers and food service employers actually raised wages in 2018 and 2019, apparently in anticipation of the mandate, or in competition for workers with higher-paying jobs across the river.
Thanks to COVID — the "gift" that keeps on giving — you may have to brave your Great Aunt Violet's hideous holiday gifts this year with nogless eggs and "nulled" cider. Then again, maybe not. Some local retailers say all consumers need is a little patience.
The owners of McMillan’s Family Restaurant in Willmar are looking for a buyer.

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