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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 08/08/2014
What you need to understand is this: passing back the credit card fee to servers is a pretty common practice in the industry as a whole. The majority of the national chains do it. There are at least five other restaurants in the metro that do it, and those are just the ones who would tell me off the record. I’m not saying it is right, I’m not saying it is wrong. I’m just saying that there are a lot of other people that work hourly positions in a restaurant besides servers who BY FAR walk out with the most money every day. And if you’re idiot enough to react so strongly as to call a boycott, which would largely impact all of those hourlies, without doing the due diligence of finding out how the whole system works, sit down.
>> Endion Station opens in Duluth today for all you beer trippers. It’s billing itself as a craft beer and cider house with boardwalk food: sliders (including a sloppy joe!), kraut-decked mini brats, and the like. How very summer.
>> Public Kitchen & Bar opened on Monday off of Mears Park in St. Paul. The inside of that joint is warehouse wonderful with all the brick wall and exposed beam work. The lower level is loungy and a bit more Rat Pack swank, but still feels like a cool cavern.
>> Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar opened in Richfield. Ben Rients is leading the kitchen crew on his first journey in ownership. The space is very homey, the bar is comfortable and stacked, and I had a burger that was right on the money.
>> If you’re wondering what ever happened to Black Walnut Bakery, that cute little bakery stand the used to be at the Nicollet Mall farmers market, you’re not alone. Sara Bottcher is selling her very delicious baked goods on Saturdays at One on One bike studio in the North Loop. This weekend look for nectarine and apricot tarts, currant cinnamon bread, chocolate chip cookies, and espresso short bread starting around noon.
>> Borough block party this weekend! Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. A $5 entrance ticket gets you live music, five bar stations that may or may not include boozy freezies, plus the sex-bomb that is the Parlour burger and headliners Solid Gold.
>> Then, Smack Shack is throwing their second Crayfest on August 16th. This is an all-you-can-handle beer/bugs/music situation. One $40 ticket gets you all the crayfish you can eat, all the beer/hurricanes you can drink, and all the Davina and the Vagabonds you can jam.
>> Tilia is throwing their annual Augtoberfest block party on August 17th. This is a bit more of a family-friendly fest and always a gas with Oktoberfest food and beers, live music, and kid-friendly activities for just $7 admission.
>> Also, you can come catch candy and cobs with me out at Corn Days in my hood.
>> Or go to the Carver County Fair which is like a little State Fair amuse bouche. Pig races, fried things, beer, rock/paper/scissors tournament, a rides midway and … a real Demolition Derby on Sunday night, FTW.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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