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As outdoor dining returns, Red Rabbit to offer free meals to restaurant workers

All six Red Cow and Red Rabbit locations will open on Saturday.

The popular Red Cow and Red Rabbit chain in the Twin Cities is among those reopening for outdoor dining as soon as possible this coming Saturday.

The four Red Cows and two Red Rabbits in Minneapolis and St. Paul will be serving outdoor diners once Gov. Tim Walz's loosened COVID-19 restrictions come into effec this weekend.

And in a thank you to an industry that has struggled more than most during the pandemic, owner Luke Shimp will be offering a free meal to any restaurant worker who wants one on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Restaurant workers need to give their restaurant name, present a 2020 pay stub and ID in order to get a free spaghetti bolognese meal kit that will serve 2-3 people, and includes Caesar salad and garlic bread.

The offer is available from either Red Rabbit at 788 Grand Ave. in St. Paul, or 201 N. Washington Ave. in Minneapolis.

The chain has also announced that it will be adding several items to its menu next year that have proven a success in its "virtual food hall" program.

Shimp launched "Kenwood Food and Beverage" earlier this year that has seen four different restaurant concepts operate out of the Uptown Red Cow and be made available for delivery.

Shimp said several items from its Chicken Republic sandwich, wings, and friend chicken concept, Venice Salads & Bowls concept, and Shakee Shakee milkshake restaurant have already found permanent places on Red Cow and Red Rabbit menus, with more to follow in 2021.

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