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Twin Cities restaurant owners launch coalition to save industry

Andrew Zimmern announced the group in a tweet Tuesday.

Amid a wave of restaurant closures, owners of prominent Twin Cities bars and restaurants have formed a new support and advocacy group.

The Twin Cities Restaurant Coalition is looking for new members and ideas to reshape the industry post-Covid, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern – who owns the Lucky Cricket in St. Louis Park – announced on Tuesday.

“We believe we must act in unison to identify solutions and motivate our government to address the most urgent priorities facing our businesses today,” its website reads.

"Our work will create the evolution that our profession needs to be sustainable now and in the future."

The group has also formed a running Google doc of resources, from food and housing aid to specific programs for small businesses.

In addition to Zimmern, prominent members include Gavin Kaysen of Spoon & Stable, and Ann Kim of Young Joni, Tim Niver of Mucci's and Saint Dinette, and representatives from World Street Kitchen, Gand Cafe, Hola Arepa, Travail, Red Wagon Co., and the recently closed Bachelor Farmer.

Several Twin Cities restaurants have closed permanently because of the pandemic, including Muddy Waters, Bar Luchador, El Burrito, Egg and I and Izzy’s St. Paul location.

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