February 17, 2018

In Twin Cities, Restaurant Week Supports Libraries

By LJ Staff

Each year during Twin Cities Restaurant Week, a celebration of prix fixe meals at some 35 locally owned restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a portion of the proceeds goes to a local charitable organization. This year, for the third annual event, the money went to the Friends groups of the Minneapolis Public Library (MPL) and St. Paul Public Library. The total should reach about $8000. The main sponsor, besides the consortium of restaurants, was the Rake, a monthly local magazine. "We’re in the reading business, and we like it when people read," Rake publisher Tom Bartel, a board member of MPL’s Friends group, told LJ.

The motto, "Feed the Libraries," for this year’s event (April 16-22) was especially apt, given MPL’s budget struggles and move toward a merger with the suburban Hennepin County Library. The kickoff event was held at MPL’s new central library. The Rake also supports programs by St. Paul Friends group and the Hennepin County Library Foundation (Pen Pals, a blue chip authors series). It was the major sponsor of the Central Library grand opening last year and also sponsors MPL’s author/lecture series.