Fast-food workers storm an Uptown McDonald's to demand $15 minimum wage

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Jesse Marx
Inside the McDonald's at Hennepin and Lagoon avenues on Thursday
Steven Strong hops out of a black van behind the Hennepin County Library in Uptown alongside several of his fellow fast-food workers. He flexes a sign calling for "respect" and looks out at the crowd that's forming on the grass.

"We just want reasonable pay," he says, then weighs the task ahead of him. "I'll just be happy if I don't get arrested."

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Punch Pizza raises its minimum wage to $10 an hour

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Aaron Landry

For nearly 90 percent of the Punch Pizza staff, Monday must have seemed like Christmas come early, as their company raised its minimum wage by about $2.50 and distributed similar raises to the staff.

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McDonald's to leave the skyways in both downtowns

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Somebody should buy Ronald McDonald a drink.

The Golden Arches, having just left downtown Minneapolis in October, will officially vacate the skyways of St. Paul on Wednesday.

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Downtown Minneapolis McDonald's will close

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Don

If you work downtown, your Big Mac lunch this week might be your last -- for a little while, at least. The only McDonald's location in downtown Minneapolis has announced it will close its doors this Friday, though whether or not it will return is still up in the air.

If McDonald's does return, it will likely be in the form of a more upscale concept, like the McCafe, the chain's recent attempt to harness the popularity of cozy coffee shops.

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Fans camp out at Chick-fil-A for grand openings in Maple Grove, Coon Rapids

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Chicken-crazed fans.

Chick-fil-A fans forsook the comfort of their warm beds last night and camped out in front of two brand new Chick-fil-A locations in Maple Grove and Coon Rapids. These bleary-eyed chicken fans were hoping to be among the first 100 customers in line when the stores opened up at 6 a.m. this morning, and in turn, receive a year of free, weekly chicken sandwich meals.

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Jake's Wayback Burgers brings nine-patty cheeseburger to Twin Cities

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Double cheeseburger? Triple cheeseburger? How about a nonuple cheeseburger?

Hold on to your arteries, everybody. Jake's Wayback Burgers is bringing its Triple Triple Burger to Woodbury this month.

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Forget the drive-thru, Burger King delivers now

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The King awaits your order... for delivery.
Burger King is redefining fast food in Minneapolis with its new home delivery option that just launched last week. Now you can have it your way, straight to your door.

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White Castle celebrates 20 years of Valentine's Day dinners in the Twin Cities

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Love is in the air. And the distinctive smell of White Castle sliders.
Lonely hearts without dinner plans tonight might be tempted to eat their feelings with a White Castle Crave Case.

But if they show up at Castle doors between 5 and 8 p.m., they'll get turned away. This year marks the 20th anniversary of area Castles serving dinner for lovebirds, which means shutting down counters and converting their front rooms into restaurants, complete with menus and cheesecake-on-a-stick for dessert.

"Everyone comes," says Leisa Karl, White Castle's area training coordinator. "We have couples who met at White Castle. This year we have a 20th wedding anniversary and a 51st anniversary. We have families; we have new joiners to the Crave family; we have people who have been coming for 20 years."

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Bruegger's celebrates their 30th with FREE bagels for Facebook fans

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Bruegger's celebrates thirty years of bagel baking with free bagels

This Thursday, national bagel chain Bruegger's Bagels will be celebrating thirty years in the bagel business by giving away free bagels. The restaurant chain will be offering up a free taste of the round, savory bread product complete with a cream cheese accompaniment at all 300 of their locations across the country. 

There is one catch: Hungry guests must get to any one of the Twin Cities Bruegger's locations before 11:00 A.M. and present a coupon that can be downloaded from their Facebook page for one free bagel with a schmear of cream cheese. Of course before you can download the coupon, you must also first "like" their Facebook page (you can also get the coupon if you're a member of their email fan club).

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Summit Brewery, Smashburger join forces for craft beer and burger pairings [VIDEO]

Categories: Beer, Fast Food

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Smashburger founder Tom Ryan and Summit head brewer Damian McConn

Denver-based burger chain Smashburger is doing something a little different when it comes to serving beers in its fast-casual string of restaurants. The folks behind Smashburger have started introducing burgers with beer pairing options, using local craft beers in six of their operating markets around the country. In the Twin Cities, Smashburger has joined with the local craft masters at Summit Brewery.

Twin Cities Smashburger locations now offer up eight burger variations that can be paired with one of six Summit beers. Smashburger founder Tom Ryan flew up from Denver to give a press preview of the pairings, and Summit head brewer Damian McConn gave the rational behind each pairing. We were invited to taste samples of the new pairings.


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