A judge rules that local union organizers were illegally fired by Jimmy John’s last spring, a WACSO illustration of Sun Street Breads, Ice Cube’s taste for Peace Coffee goes viral in meme form, the Minnesota Food Blogger crew holds a bake sale this Saturday to benefit Share Our Strength, and a new coop is proposed to resolve a “food desert” on St. Paul’s East Side.
At 9am this coming Friday, the occupation of Minneapolis’s Government Plaza (6th St between 3rd & 4th Aves) will begin. Conducted in political solidarity with the occupation of New York’s Wall St., the Minneapolis branch of the movement plans to maintain a presence in the Plaza — rebranded as “the People’s Plaza” — 24/7.
According to announcements by the Minneapolis-based activists, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department has given them to go-ahead to inhabit the space without a permit; unfortunately, the occupants can’t legally cook there. As of this writing, the occupation’s committee on food logistics is still in the process of figuring out how to deal with the problem of feeding a potential crowd of hundreds.
So what’s a hungry occupant to do? We scoped out a few nearby locations and possibilities for those planning a long-term stay.
LouAnn’s Restaurant (625 4th Ave S)
Like a friendly face in a lynch mob, LouAnn’s is the beating heart at the center of Minneapolis’s business district. In addition to serving up the hallowed all-day breakfast, the achingly friendly staff will resuscitate your faith in the goodness of humanity. Their half stack of three buttermilk pancakes ($3.75) will fill you up with the necessary carbs to outrun the cops — even the T-1000.
La Loma Tamales (608 2nd Ave S, Suite 164)
Another great (and cheap, cheap, cheap!) local option is La Loma, the city’s premier purveyor of handmade tamales. Their fist-and-a-half-sized tamales run $2.15 a pop, with the exception of the Oaxaca, which is $1 more. Every weekday, they run a lunch special; usually a $6+ platter goes for $5.50 instead.
Pizza Lucé (119 N 4th St)
The downtown branch of the metro area’s coolest pizza chain is open until 2:30am every weekday and until 3:30am on Fridays and Saturdays. Most importantly, they deliver! (Online and via 612.333.7359.) It’s not certain yet if they’ll be willing to deliver directly to the occupation, a la Ian’s Pizza during the Madison protests or Liberatos Pizza in NYC, which has delivered orders placed from as far as Chicago, Illinois, and Oakland, CA. Regardless, Pizza Lucé is notable mostly for their inclusion of the all-important vegan options on their menu.
An analysis of the failed attempt to unionize Jimmy John’s, Perennial Plate visits Duskwind Farm, and Kim Ode demonstrates the art of making focaccia (video).
Zimmern comments on the Beard Award nominees (re: Lucia’s: “…her eatery isn’t even in my top five for best local restaurants”), the local Chowhounds dig into the mysterious Italian pepper and egg sandwich, Stewart “Shefzilla” Woodman reports 300 applicants for a single dish position (yikes), Jimmy John’s drags the word “rockstar” into an Orwellian sewer of doublespeak by applying it to entry-level hourly employees, and Seward Co-op has an intriguing upcoming class teaching Knife Skills & The Art of Garnish (11am, March 7, $12 fee).