Minneapolis diner the latest Minnesota restaurant to get help from Barstool Sports fund

The Barstool Fund is also helping out a nightclub in St. Cloud.
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A long-running Minneapolis diner has become the latest Minnesota bar/restaurant to get help from Barstool Sports' "Barstool Fund."

Ideal Diner, a mainstay in Northeast Minneapolis that first opened in 1949, will receive financial help from the fund to keep it afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owner Kim Robinson spoke with Barstool Sports' founder Dave Portnoy, with the video shared to Twitter on Monday.

Robinson bought the diner in 2013, having worked there as an employee prior to that for 23 years, with her mother having been a cook there for 43 years.

Speaking to Portnoy, Robinson said she got her start at the Ideal Diner when she stopped by to see her mother. 

"The waitress didn't show up and she told me to start doing dishes, and that was 41 years ago," Robinson said.

"Those are the exact places we're looking to help," Portnoy responded. "Your story speaks for itself ... you'll have funds in like 72 hours, and each month we'll make sure you have what you need so you can be around for another 50 years."

Robinson responded by offering Portnoy breakfast during his next visit to Minneapolis, noting that her diner is close to Young Joni, where Portnoy sampled pizza during his pre-Super Bowl visit to the Twin Cities in 2018.

"You got a deal!" he responded, before Robinson ended the conversation in typically Minnesotan fashion.

"I'll let you go, I know you're a busy man," she said to Portnoy.

Barstool Sports launched the fund to help businesses struggling amid the pandemic. Small business owners are encouraged to apply for funding via the Barstool Fund and the media company encourages those who can to donate to the fund.

Earlier this month, The Barstool Fund announced it was providing aid to The Red Carpet nightclub in St. Cloud. 

You can find Ideal Diner at 1314 Central Ave NE.

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