Minneapolis may loosen liquor laws

Burrito Loco manager and delivery driver Patrick Sandoz and delivery driver Cody Allen prepare food for two deliveries on Tuesday afternoon. Owner Greg Pillsbury said the restaurant's staff work hard to deliver as much food as possible, but still struggle to comply with a city law that requires 60% of revenue to come from food. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Since Burrito Loco Bar and Grill’s debut more than a decade ago, owner Greg Pillsbury said food sales have increased every year.

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Abundant Bistro chef’s latest challenge: Getting Arnellia’s on track as trains begin to run

Chef Jackie Williams

Arnellia Allen and Jackie Williams can boast several "firsts" and "onlies" between them. Allen is the only African American woman to own a nightclub and hold a liquor license in Minnesota. Jackie Williams was one of the first African American women to graduate from the highly competitive and demanding Chef Apprentice Program at Pennsylvania's Allegheny Community College in the 1980s. (There were very few black men admitted either.) Now the two women are together on University Avenue in St. Paul, working to put business at Arenellia's Night Club back on track just as light rail trains are set to start running.

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Letter carriers' food drive tops one million pounds of food

Letter carrier Veronica Feneis arrived at the Cub Foods parking lot about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 10, her Postal Service truck full of blue plastic bags stuffed with food donated by people along her carrier route. She reported: “Lots of people gave this year — lots!”

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Lady Elegant's Tea Room has new owners

For more than 10 years, people from throughout the Twin Cities have enjoyed taking a break from the outside world while “taking tea” in the British tradition at Lady Elegant’s Tea Room and Gift Shoppe in St. Anthony Park’s Milton Square.

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Filfillah: "Best of Istanbul comes to Northeast"

Lucky for me my daughter lives in Columbia Heights. She took me out for dinner in her ’hood, where Central Avenue easily rivals Eat Street in its array of enticing ethnic eateries.

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Toxic Tater Coalition spreads the word, NOT the fungicides

They had me with their branding – the Toxic Taters Coalition. In my world potatoes are equated with manna from heaven. And any pesticide that comes between me and potatoes is toxic by definition! So when I heard that the Toxic Taters Coalition will be visiting Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 4, it was a call to action. It didn’t take long for me to discover I had much to learn.

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BBQ ribs for a 'vegan before 6'

I've become a VB6er. Yup, I'm following that hip new lifestyle all the kids are talking about based on Mark Bittman's Vegan Before 6 books. It started when I realized all of my piddly individual efforts to help save the planet from out of control global warming were not making much of a difference. There are only so many reusable bags I can store in our compact car. There are only so many plants we can stick in the yard, hoping to lure the bees to our relatively organic patches of fruits and vegetables. I felt like I needed to make more changes, thus VB6. I wrote about it last week at Called to the Table.

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Minneapolis expands mobile grocery stores

Mobile grocery stores could soon provide an oasis for food deserts in parts of Minneapolis.

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Food, farming, and football connected by research

For most Twin Cities residents it's easy to overlook the close ties between the University of Minnesota and the state's small towns. If you take a second to think about it though, the connection is clear. As a land grant university, they're closely related through agricultural research, football, and a number of other fields of study.

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F it Dude, let's go bowling

The anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend awakens in me the excitement of a child before Christmas. A few nights before the big weekend I am sleepless at 3:30 AM thinking about the wonder before us. Memorial Day Weekend at our house is all about The Big Lebowski.

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