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    Slap Shot wrote:


    trixR4kids wrote:


    Location matters a lot as does when you go in. I typically just waited until 2 or 3 and never had an issue with lines but if I went at noon it was a gong show. Online ordering was just pointless at some locations like when I used to go to the one in Hopkins, they just basically ignored the online ordering from what I could tell. And quality def varies by location, I always thought the one in Eagan off Denmark or w/e was vastly better than the one off Cliff Rd for example. That said it’s been a while since I’ve been to Chipotle.

    I am sure location matters – just thought I’d throw that one out there for anyone living in that area. I also hadn’t been to one for a while due to location of another type. :mrgreen:

    And we all know you were dying to get your White Castle sliders anyway ;)

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    I’d wager the Blaine Chipotle is one of, if not the busiest in the state because it is right across the street from the National Sports Center, and Chipotle is a major sponsor for USA Hockey and US Soccer for a reason. I’m not surprised they’re building another one nearby.

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    Maize wrote:


    I’d wager the Blaine Chipotle is one of, if not the busiest in the state because it is right across the street from the National Sports Center, and Chipotle is a major sponsor for USA Hockey and US Soccer for a reason. I’m not surprised they’re building another one nearby.


    The one on campus is always busy as well.

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    Maize wrote:


    I’d wager the Blaine Chipotle is one of, if not the busiest in the state because it is right across the street from the National Sports Center, and Chipotle is a major sponsor for USA Hockey and US Soccer for a reason. I’m not surprised they’re building another one nearby.

    You are correct. The it is not uncommon to have a line out the door with 15-20 people standing outside.

    I always wanted to buy that location and put in a second cash register as that seems to be the rate limiting step….and a silly reason to slow down the sales.

    It would pay for itself in less than a week.

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    Location is key. There is a Chipotle right across the street from LTD Brewing, but I’d rather go to Nacho’s 3 blocks away. Better food, better service, more authentic, AND family-owned.

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    trixR4kids wrote:


    Location matters a lot as does when you go in. I typically just waited until 2 or 3 and never had an issue with lines but if I went at noon it was a gong show. Online ordering was just pointless at some locations like when I used to go to the one in Hopkins, they just basically ignored the online ordering from what I could tell. And quality def varies by location, I always thought the one in Eagan off Denmark or w/e was vastly better than the one off Cliff Rd for example. That said it’s been a while since I’ve been to Chipotle.

    Cliff road is the one we’ve used at my work for lunch now and then. They screw up orders and skimp a lot when you don’t watch them make it. Apple Valley’s was similar.

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    The Rube wrote:


    Location is key. There is a Chipotle right across the street from LTD Brewing, but I’d rather go to Nacho’s 3 blocks away. Better food, better service, more authentic, AND family-owned.

    Comparing Nachos to Chipotle is like saying you’d rather spend a night with some random ugly girl instead of Margot Robbie

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    trixR4kids wrote:


    Location matters a lot as does when you go in. I typically just waited until 2 or 3 and never had an issue with lines but if I went at noon it was a gong show. Online ordering was just pointless at some locations like when I used to go to the one in Hopkins, they just basically ignored the online ordering from what I could tell. And quality def varies by location, I always thought the one in Eagan off Denmark or w/e was vastly better than the one off Cliff Rd for example. That said it’s been a while since I’ve been to Chipotle.

    Cliff road is the one we’ve used at my work for lunch now and then. They screw up orders and skimp a lot when you don’t watch them make it. Apple Valley’s was similar.


    I remember that as well, that one sucks.

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    davescharf wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Location is key. There is a Chipotle right across the street from LTD Brewing, but I’d rather go to Nacho’s 3 blocks away. Better food, better service, more authentic, AND family-owned.

    Comparing Nachos to Chipotle is like saying you’d rather spend a night with some random ugly girl instead of Margot Robbie

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    Finally got my smoked brisket burrito bowl at chipotle after three tries. It’s actually pretty good… Their brisket is actually better than several BBQ places I’ve been to.

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    The Rebel Lobster Food Truck is off the wall good!!! The wife and I stopped by their food truck at the WBL Cub as we were heading up to Duluth for the weekend. A little speedy at $25 a sandwich, but the whole sandwich was amazing. Been meaning to stop by their food truck for months and their locations and times never worked out until today. Most defiantly will make every effort to hit it up again.

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    I’ve heard nothing but good things about that truck. $25 isn’t bad for a good lobster roll

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    davescharf wrote:


    I’ve heard nothing but good things about that truck. $25 isn’t bad for a good lobster roll


    The chunks of lobster are not chintzy. Every chunk was thumb to index finger size. And the toasted bun you could sell by itself, it’s so good.

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    In the Twin Ports 2 places, both in Superior.

    Anchor Bar for burgers. Classic.

    Shamrock Pizza / Bar on Tower Ave in South Superior.

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    Thirsty Pagan’s (Superior brewery) pizza is top notch. Don’t drink their beer, though (they do have guest beers and N/A drinks, also).

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    Bladepuller wrote:


    In the Twin Ports 2 places, both in Superior.

    Anchor Bar for burgers. Classic.

    Shamrock Pizza / Bar on Tower Ave in South Superior.

    Agree 100%. In particular , the crust on a Shamrock Pizza is absolutely delicious. Anchor had great burgers too and CHEAP. Just remember to bring cash, they don’t take credit cards…amazingly thou, they will take a local check 😉🤠

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    Shamrock also doesn’t take plastic, & you are spot on about the crust. Also only 1 crust type, not thin not thick but very chewy & good.

    My S. in L. worked there when he was in HS & turned us on to it.

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    Clyde Iron Works (Duluth) – excellent food and pizza.

    The Shack (Superior) – excellent BBQ.

    Hwy 61 (North Shore Drive):

    Rustic Inn pies (Castle Danger) >>>>>>> Betty’s Pies pies (Two Harbors).

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    I agree [mention]gator[/mention] about Betty’s Pies.

    Rode with some friends up Mn23, through Jay Cooke on 210 & ended up at BP. It is now a ca$h making tourist trap.

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    The entirety of Duluth is a shit show. Everything is crazy busy right now!

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    The entirety of Duluth is a $h!t show. Everything is crazy busy right now!


    Then go over to Suptucky.

    East End Tavern on 5th would be a nice place. Tell Dodgey about your mutual Mille Lacs friend.

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    We are up on superior street at Ursa Minor. Gorgeous outside.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    We are up on superior street at Ursa Minor. Gorgeous outside.


    Have a beer for me. Drunk Gandolf if available!

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    Another Wild Bill’s? Ugh.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Another Wild Bill’s? Ugh.

    Look at our menu where everything is smothered in sauce because more is better! :roll:

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    The broizing of West 7th continues…

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Another Wild Bill’s? Ugh.

    Yeah, just what we don’t really need more of.

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    Waiting for Popeye’s Chicken or an Olive Garden to take over McGovern’s…

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    Gopherguy05 wrote:


    The broizing of West 7th continues…

    Well they are almost out of room in Dinkytown so

    They need to do it somewhere else

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    Taking the family to the game on Friday and they want pizza on campus. Yes I know Campus Pizza is closed and it was the best ever. Also with Punch closed we are wondering where to go. Has any one been to Blaze Pizza?

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    skiier32 wrote:


    Taking the family to the game on Friday and they want pizza on campus. Yes I know Campus Pizza is closed and it was the best ever. Also with Punch closed we are wondering where to go. Has any one been to Blaze Pizza?


    I went to Blaze once. It was just ok. Nothing to write home about. It tries to be fast pizza kind of like Punch Pizza, but with normal toppings.

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    Pizza places surprisingly don’t do well on college campuses (maybe dominoes?). Campus Pizza and Punch closed. Gumby’s pizza in Madison closed years ago and it was very good. It’s weird considering that demographic should eat a lot of pizza.

    I think if I were to open a Pizza place on a college campus, I would make sure to have more than just pizza. If I want kids to come in multiple times per week, I have to offer more options. As much as I love pizza, I can’t eat it 3-4 times per week. But I could go to a bar 3-4 times per week. If you could somehow have good bar food as well as a good pizza line up (with delivery)…..money maker. You’d have to have cheap options for poor students as well as better options for game crowds.

    Pizza, cheesesteak, burgers, subs, chicken sandwiches, a quality french fry and beer. Pizza buffet on non-game days….

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    Go to Wrecktangle Pizza at Malcolm Yards.

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    Wrecktangle Pizza or Surly Pizza

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    Jake’s Stadium near the Mankato campus is still going. But it isn’t the best pizza in the town. Right [mention]Viking[/mention]?

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    I was not very fond of blaze when I went there… the dough leaves a lot to be desired.

    I like a good NY slice though.

    https://frankandandrea.com/

    Punch was super popular — I think it was just a pandemic casualty as campus has been pretty quiet the last two years.

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    Mesa is still open in Dinkytown if easy slices is your thing.

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    Vegoe wrote:


    I was not very fond of blaze when I went there… the dough leaves a lot to be desired.

    I like a good NY slice though.

    https://frankandandrea.com/

    Punch was super popular — I think it was just a pandemic casualty as campus has been pretty quiet the last two years.

    We know the owner, Punch will reopen. Between campus closed down and losing staff they had to consolidate employees to the busiest locations. They can’t fire up the wood pizza oven if there’s not a pretty steady stream of customers.

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    Karlsson wrote:


    Jake’s Stadium near the Mankato campus is still going. But it isn’t the best pizza in the town. Right @Viking?


    Pagliai’s is the best. There are others on this board who will say Jake’s, but they’re wrong.

    Jake’s is still pretty good though.

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    I agree. I’m not mad if the group wants Jake’s and I end up there.

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    It’s hard for me to rank pizza… Its the one choice of food that is at several restaurants. The bigger question is, who has a bad pizza?!?!?!

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    gator wrote:


    It’s hard for me to rank pizza… Its the one choice of food that is at several restaurants. The bigger question is, who has a bad pizza?!?!?!


    The trash they sell at Mariucci that a surprising amount of people buy is borderline

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    gator wrote:


    It’s hard for me to rank pizza… Its the one choice of food that is at several restaurants. The bigger question is, who has a bad pizza?!?!?!


    The trash they sell at Mariucci that a surprising amount of people buy is borderline


    Is it worst than $5 Pizza?!?!?!

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    gator wrote:


    Bonin21 wrote:


    gator wrote:


    It’s hard for me to rank pizza… Its the one choice of food that is at several restaurants. The bigger question is, who has a bad pizza?!?!?!


    The trash they sell at Mariucci that a surprising amount of people buy is borderline


    Is it worst than $5 Pizza?!?!?!


    Never tried it. I used to eat Little Caesars when I was broke and never really complained given the price. Now I’m kinda a food snob but still respect those that end up getting cheap za.

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    Btw… there is two styles of pizza. There is restaurant pizza and fast food pizza. Restaurant pizza tends to be pretty good. Fast food pizza is most of the time cheap garbage.

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    Never tried it. I used to eat Little Caesars when I was broke and never really complained given the price. Now I’m kinda a food snob but still respect those that end up getting cheap za.


    College was always Papa Murphy’s or Dominos. After college it was Little Caesars. I now “try” to avoid all those type of places.

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    gator wrote:


    Bonin21 wrote:


    Never tried it. I used to eat Little Caesars when I was broke and never really complained given the price. Now I’m kinda a food snob but still respect those that end up getting cheap za.


    College was always Papa Murphy’s or Dominos. After college it was Little Caesars. I now “try” to avoid all those type of places.

    Yup, to the question earlier about places not surviving on campus: At the U it was like 5.99 for a large one topping Domino’s. So the choice was always domino’s. Drunk at the end of the night? Mesa. Looking for lunch and it’s just you? Mesa.

    Nothing else was really in my pizza consideration set when I was there.

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    Viking wrote:


    Karlsson wrote:


    Jake’s Stadium near the Mankato campus is still going. But it isn’t the best pizza in the town. Right @Viking?


    Pagliai’s is the best. There are others on this board who will say Jake’s, but they’re wrong.

    Jake’s is still pretty good though.

    What you talking about?! :mrgreen:

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    [mention]g-manpuck[/mention], Are you a Jake’s guy?!?!?!

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    gator wrote:


    Clyde Iron Works (Duluth) – excellent food and pizza.

    The Shack (Superior) – excellent BBQ.

    Hwy 61 (North Shore Drive):

    Rustic Inn pies (Castle Danger) >>>>>>> Betty’s Pies pies (Two Harbors).


    Russ Kendall’s was outstanding, as usual, a few weeks ago. The smoked Lake Trout is sooooo good.

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    gator wrote:


    @g-manpuck, Are you a Jake’s guy?!?!?!

    I like both places but I do prefer a thin crust pizza. I rarely eat Jake’s my wife prefers Pagliai’s so that is where we usually order from. Though we don’t as much as we use to since they are closed on Sunday’s now.

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    Don Adams Wheel of Justice wrote:


    Russ Kendall’s was outstanding, as usual, a few weeks ago. The smoked Lake Trout is sooooo good.


    Russ Kendall’s is on my list. Would’ve stopped in this past weekend if it wasn’t for the Gophers game. My wife and I are staying at Cove Point in the spring for 3 days. So Knife River is a quick stop for an afternoon drive.

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    [mention]Don Adams Wheel of Justice[/mention] Have you ever been to Lou’s Fish House in Two Harbor?

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    gator wrote:


    Don Adams Wheel of Justice wrote:


    Russ Kendall’s was outstanding, as usual, a few weeks ago. The smoked Lake Trout is sooooo good.


    Russ Kendall’s is on my list. Would’ve stopped in this past weekend if it wasn’t for the Gophers game. My wife and I are staying at Cove Point in the spring for 3 days. So Knife River is a quick stop for an afternoon drive.

    Russ Kendall’s has been a favorite for my entire family for as long as I can remember.

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    gator wrote:


    @Don Adams Wheel of Justice Have you ever been to Lou’s Fish House in Two Harbor?


    We bought gas at the Holiday next door but I didn’t pay attention to it. How does it compare to Russ Kendall’s?

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    [mention]Don Adams Wheel of Justice[/mention], don’t know. They are both on my bucket list. Just was wondering if one trumps the other.

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    I’ve only had Jets pizza as Detroit style and I really like it.

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    Evidently Lemongrass in Brooklyn Park is struggling and has dropped dining service and moved to take out only. I plan on putting them in a rotation for us to try and help out.

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    Karlsson wrote:


    Evidently Lemongrass in Brooklyn Park is struggling and has dropped dining service and moved to take out only. I plan on putting them in a rotation for us to try and help out.

    I’d heard some rumors they were focusing more time on Lat14. It’s a little bit of a drive for us (and for you) to get there unless I’m coming from work but we may have to go grab takeout sometime from there again.

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    Sounds like it was staffing as the main issue. Take out only for the foreseeable future. I really liked that place so hope it makes it through

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    I pretty much stop going to Old Chicago from the start of Covid and because they closed the Apple Valley location. Though they got several new items on their menu and I told the wife we might pregame there before the Gophers/PSU game on Friday.

    New starters:

    Bruschetta

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Spinach Artichoke Dip

    New Entrees:

    Choppity Chop Salad

    Magnificent Green Salad

    Chicken Pesto Alfredo

    Chicken Carbonara

    Spaghetti

    Bacon Chicken Mac

    Ma’s Lasagna

    Turkey Bacon Club

    Meatball Sub

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    Went to Bourbon Butcher in Farmington last night. The BBQ and food was excellent. A little more spendy than I would think for a suburban place, but the whiskey and drink menu were out of this world. Hunrdres of whiskey types and some good flights.

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    Went to Bourbon Butcher in Farmington last night. The BBQ and food was excellent. A little more spendy than I would think for a suburban place, but the whiskey and drink menu were out of this world. Hunrdres of whiskey types and some good flights.


    Been there several times. Same owners have Whiskey Inferno (Savage) and Volstead’s (Eagan). Both are very good as well!

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    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Went to Bourbon Butcher in Farmington last night. The BBQ and food was excellent. A little more spendy than I would think for a suburban place, but the whiskey and drink menu were out of this world. Hunrdres of whiskey types and some good flights.


    Been there several times. Same owners have Whiskey Inferno (Savage) and Volstead’s (Eagan). Both are very good as well!

    They also own Tequila Butcher (Chanhassen).

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    Good to know. Will have to check the others out.

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    skiier32 wrote:


    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Went to Bourbon Butcher in Farmington last night. The BBQ and food was excellent. A little more spendy than I would think for a suburban place, but the whiskey and drink menu were out of this world. Hunrdres of whiskey types and some good flights.


    Been there several times. Same owners have Whiskey Inferno (Savage) and Volstead’s (Eagan). Both are very good as well!

    They also own Tequila Butcher (Chanhassen).


    Sounds like a night out might be needed! Thanks for the info.

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    I pretty much stop going to Old Chicago from the start of Covid and because they closed the Apple Valley location. Though they got several new items on their menu and I told the wife we might pregame there before the Gophers/PSU game on Friday.

    New starters:

    Bruschetta

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Spinach Artichoke Dip

    New Entrees:

    Choppity Chop Salad

    Magnificent Green Salad

    Chicken Pesto Alfredo

    Chicken Carbonara

    Spaghetti

    Bacon Chicken Mac

    Ma’s Lasagna

    Turkey Bacon Club

    Meatball Sub

    I haven’t gone back to OC since they canned (not furloughed) all their employees due to the shutdown, then rehired at will. I won’t be back. That was a crappy thing to do.

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    skiier32 wrote:


    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Went to Bourbon Butcher in Farmington last night. The BBQ and food was excellent. A little more spendy than I would think for a suburban place, but the whiskey and drink menu were out of this world. Hunrdres of whiskey types and some good flights.


    Been there several times. Same owners have Whiskey Inferno (Savage) and Volstead’s (Eagan). Both are very good as well!

    They also own Tequila Butcher (Chanhassen).


    I went to Tequilla Butcher last year… Did absolutely nothing for me. Would have zero desire to go back.

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    I haven’t gone back to OC since they canned (not furloughed) all their employees due to the shutdown, then rehired at will. I won’t be back. That was a crappy thing to do.


    I would say that was more CraftWorks not OC.

    CraftWorks:

    Logan’s Roadhouse (Not in Minnesota)

    Old Chicago (In Minnesota)

    Gordon Biersch Brewery (Not in Minnesota)

    Rock Bottom Brewery (In Minnesota)

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    Also, lots of businesses and places of employment did the same exact thing. I think we were all in some difficult and unknown times so I choose to give grace that things that happen locally possibly were misguided or came from corporate. There are always other sides to the story as well, but not going to a place just hurts the people that are currently working and speaking directly for the restaurant industry, they are struggling to find help.

    Hospitals let people go too, hopefully you will still go to a hospital or clinic if you need them in the future.

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    Nothing wrong with sticking to your principles and not supporting shitty owners.

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    Also, lots of businesses and places of employment did the same exact thing. I think we were all in some difficult and unknown times so I choose to give grace that things that happen locally possibly were misguided or came from corporate. There are always other sides to the story as well, but not going to a place just hurts the people that are currently working and speaking directly for the restaurant industry, they are struggling to find help.

    Hospitals let people go too, hopefully you will still go to a hospital or clinic if you need them in the future.

    I have stuck to the businesses that tried to help their employees. No matter the industry, that much I have done

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