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Dubbed the “City of Lakes,” Minneapolis lives up to its bucolic nickname with more than 20 lakes, rivers and wetlands to explore, intertwined with gorgeous green spaces. But the city knows it can’t get by just on good looks and clean air. The friendliness quotient in Minneapolis ranks among the highest in the nation, and its highly efficient skyway system, a series of above-ground walkways connecting over nine miles’ worth of downtown buildings, is a feat of engineering to be applauded. If only every city that snows in the winter could build the same!
And then there’s the food and the community of food makers that we at FOODWORKS feel lucky to be a part of. Minneapolis is home to bountiful farmers markets and wineries, no surprise given its natural surroundings. But there’s a lot more to uncover about this FOODWORKS city. “America’s most intriguing food and drink city that no one’s talking about,” says Esquire magazine about Minneapolis. So let’s talk about Minneapolis and its place in the FOODWORKS family. About the authentic burger dives and sophisticated gastropubs worth seeking out; the craft distilleries and craft donut shops where tradition is turned on its head in the most flavorful, colorful ways; and the tight-knit, thriving Hmong community with its vibrant markets and restaurants. Let’s talk and then, let’s eat everything Minneapolis has to offer.
“FOODWORKS struck us as an interesting concept because we’ve been trying to grow for so many years now. People ask us all the time about opening up another location, but the timing hasn’t worked out. So when FOODWORKS presented this to us, I was like, ‘Wow, we can go into these different locations and serve our food without having to open an actual store.’”
“For FOODWORKS to reach out to us and offer us this opportunity as a small business, to come into their cafes and be a part of what’s going on with downtown Detroit, that's been a blessing.”
“FOODWORKS is great to work with. They make it very easy, from setting up to payment. It’s just a no-brainer, and Shannon [Kubina, general manager for FOODWORKS in Detroit] is amazing to work with.”
“Outside of the additional revenue, FOODWORKS has given us marketing exposure. We've gotten catering opportunities from just one week of doing a pop-up. That's exactly the exposure I was looking for in our second year of being open.”
“FOODWORKS has an expansive network, so we try to go to as many locations as possible. You’re able to reach a different base of people, which is always great for business.”
“With FOODWORKS, we saw an opportunity to work in a professional kitchen with professional chefs. It’s about learning every aspect of the food industry, and it’s helped us better serve our customers’ needs at our food truck.”
“You’ve gotta generate buzz. You’ve gotta get people genuinely excited about what you’re doing, and that’s what FOODWORKS does. They’re all about bringing local flavor to downtown Detroit.”
“FOODWORKS has been the perfect opportunity for us, especially in the summertime. Normally, restaurants in Arizona drop 10 to 15 percent in business due to the heat, but we haven’t had that this year at all… I sell out of my signature Crispy Garlic Chicken every time. It doesn’t matter how much I bring. And I can see sales of that dish increase at my restaurant.”
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