The former Golden Fig space on Grand Avenue will become an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant by summer. Rikki Giambruno, a Minnesota native who cut his culinary teeth in New York City, most notably as the closing executive chef at acclaimed Brooklyn restaurant Franny’s, has moved home, and is in the midst of transforming the tiny storefront into a cozy eatery with a very personal name, Hyacinth. It’s the name of the street in Victoria, Minn., where he grew up. “This is a family place,” Giambruno said. “It’s self-financed, and everyone in my family had a part in it in some way, so this is my nod to that without using our last name.” Fellow Franny’s chef Paul Baker, also a Minnesota native, will be chef de cuisine at the restaurant, which will focus on Southern Italian and Sicilian food. Giambruno, whose brother Joe Giambruno is a co-owner at Bad Weather Brewing in St. Paul, said he grew up in an Italian-American family, but hadn’t … [Read more...] about Another Italian restaurant coming to St. Paul’s Grand Ave.
About 30 workers at a Duluth Wendy's thought they might be out of a paycheck when their restaurant suffered a fire in January. But the Duluth News Tribune reports that the owner is still making payroll. Owner Bob Sullivan, of Brainerd, worried that cutting off paychecks could put valued employees at risk, the newspaper reported. “We have a great team of people working for us, and they’ve got bills to pay like everyone else. We want to do our best to keep as many of them as we can,” Sullivan told the News Tribune. “It’s just the right thing to do." Sullivan told the newspaper that his insurance police includes loss-of-income coverage, though he doesn't know how much of the payroll will be covered by it. … [Read more...] about After fire, Duluth Wendy’s restaurant workers continue to get paid
Headline: PETA wants to turn Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home into a vegan restaurant. Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter dated Friday to the realty agent who has listed the Bath Township house for sale. In the letter, she asked about the listing and proposed making the house a vegan restaurant “to respond to the past with something positive. Newkirk likened the way animals are slaughtered, processed and consumed to the way Dahmer treated his victims. Menu items would include chipotle barbecue tofu kebabs and vegan creamy chicken casserole, made from mock chicken and dairy-free sour cream. Lubinski, the listing agent, raised concerns about the zoning but said he’s willing to discuss a possible transaction with PETA. The phrase “bad taste” comes to mind. COMICS The ongoing revision of Archie has been an interesting project; I have no idea whether it expanded the audience, shrunk it down to a dozen, … [Read more...] about Worst restaurant idea in the history of mankind
Council Member Andrew Johnson will introduce an ordinance next Friday that would prohibit restaurants from using expanded polystyrene – commonly recognized as Styrofoam – in an effort to protect customers’ health and improve the city’s recycling system. As Minneapolis considers how to be a “zero waste” city, Johnson said the foam is not economical to recycle. “And frankly, it only delays the inevitable, which is that society is evolving away from Styrofoam completely,” said the rookie council member from south Minneapolis. Johnson said the measure builds on an ordinance from the early 1990s that was not enforced. The Minnesota Restaurant Association says it is unlikely to oppose the move, though some members have concerns about the January 1 effective date. “Many of my members have reported back that they’ve already moved away from foam packaging,” said Dan McElroy, the association’s president. The city currently … [Read more...] about Could Minneapolis ban foam containers in restaurants?
City mandated ratios of food to alcohol sales in restaurants could soon be eliminated under a proposed ordinance change that has been revived by several Minneapolis council members. The city currently requires about 100 restaurants outside of downtown to make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, which has only grown harder to meet as craft beers have become popular. It was intended to keep serious drinking out of the neighborhoods after repeal of the city's liquor patrol limits. The city generally has generally tried to work with out-of-compliance businesses to increase food sales rather than taking harsh enforcement actions, however. An effort by council member Gary Schiff in 2013 to change the language never advanced. Three council members said Friday they are pushing forward with that effort, and hope to add new language to city code about management responsibilities, server training and adverse action against problem restaurants. "We seek to create policy that enables … [Read more...] about Proposal targets food-to-alcohol ratios in Mpls. restaurants