After a stunning response from customers to its plea for help, The Nook in St. Paul is now seeking to help others in need.
The Irish pub on Hamline Avenue, known for making some of the best burgers in Minnesota, had issued an appeal to customers to start patronizing its sister location, Shamrocks Irish Nook – which was the harder-hit of the two during the latest dine-in service shutdown – in order to keep its staff employed.
The response from the public was, The Nook said in a Facebook post, "indescribable," and such was the outpouring of support in the form of orders and also donations, that the business is now looking to give something back.
First off, it asked local diners to not forget other neighborhood restaurants that need their help during the pandemic.
But then it announced that thanks to "a few generous donations" from unnamed sources, it has funds to offer meals to people in need.
"Each location will have fund for to-go orders for people during these COVID times," The Nook wrote on Facebook.
"No questions asked, no one turned away. Just give us a call and put in an order. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
The Nook's ooey-gooey cheese-stuffed burgers (think Jucy Lucy but they're called Juicy Nookie at The Nook and Shamrocks) are often ranked among the top on Minnesota's "best burgers" lists.