Food stand operators in Minneapolis parks had a difficult 2020 when the pandemic hit business.
The score: Total sales of Sea Salt Eatery, Bread & Pickle and Sandcastle fell by a combined $ 2.4 million, or about 44%, compared to 2019, according to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
- Sea Salt Eatery at Minnehaha Falls, the most popular of the three, lost 54% of its sales. It had sales of $ 3.4 million prior to the pandemic.
- Kim Bartmann’s Bread & Pickle at Lake Harriet only declined about 14%.
Why Bread & Pickle Performed Better: The food stand added roadside delivery and pickup and expanded its operations, Bartmann said.
- It may also have missed the disruption from this summer’s riots – which were closer to the other two providers.
The big picture: Bartmann, whose company also owns Barbette and Pat’s Tap, estimates that their traditional restaurants lost 70 to 75% of their sales over the past year compared to 2019.
What’s next: Despite the bad year, more dining options are coming to Minneapolis’ parks!
- Owamni by the Sioux Chef, an indigenous restaurant, is planning a spring opening in a new building next to St. Anthony Falls.
- The Park Board is in the design phase for a new pavilion to open in 2023 on Bde Maka Ska. The former fire festival on the lake shore burned down in 2019, displacing the saleswoman Lola, who is now served from a food truck.
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