Communities band to support restaurants in White Bear Lake and beyond

18November 2020

These days, whether it’s takeout or dine-in, your favorite restaurants need your backing more than ever.

And it continues to be impressive how the community has come together to support local restaurants. Here are some of the latest effort worth checking out and getting behind:

— A group of community members supporting local businesses in White Bear Lake are getting creative — gathering more than 50 restaurants in White Bear Lake to band together and sign the White Bear Lake Safe Dining Pledge.

Signing it means that a restaurant has vowed to take certain safety measures outlined in the pledge, including following social distancing guidelines, requiring all employees to wear masks, doing training and wellness screening of employees, and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards for cleaning and sanitation. At the same time, it’s a way to highlight participating restaurants and their offerings, which includes dine-in and takeout.

The pledge is part of a larger effort, called ReGrow White Bear Lake, made up of city and community groups supporting local businesses. A website, regrow-wbl.com, has been set up for centralized information on news and events.

“We thought, ‘How can we ease some of the concerns that people have?’ With this pledge, you have these restaurants that you know would pass if they were audited,” said Reed Vanderzee, president of the White Bear Lake Economic Development Corp. “Now that we’re probably dining in-house for the rest of the season, we have that marketing pledge. And you’re supporting your restaurants that have earned your business over all of these years.”

For Bill Foussard of Rudy’s Redeye Grill and White Bear Country Inn in White Bear Lake, signing the pledge was important. It tells customers that safety standards are being upheld in addition to added measures his restaurant has taken such as installing UV technology throughout the restaurant and hotel.

“It’s a pledge that shows that all of these restaurants are unified in making people feel safe,” he said. “It’s a neat thing to see the whole community coming together and supporting each other.”

— Meanwhile, Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is joining the effort to support local businesses by purchasing gift cards at local restaurants and giving them away to customers. The company has purchased 100,000 worth of $10 gift cards from Twin Cities restaurants.

The stores are then holding a Frattallone’s Ace Hardware Restaurant Week. Starting Friday, Nov. 13, Frattallone’s will give customers a $10 restaurant gift card for every $50 spent, while supplies last.

Gift cards include Blue Plate Restaurant Co. (including Edina Grill, The Freehouse, Groveland Tap, Highland Grill, Longfellow Grill, The Lowry, and Three Squares Restaurant), Carbone’s Pizzeria, Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, Crooked Pint Ale House, Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies and Green Mill Restaurant & Bar.

“We are blessed to be an essential business,” Mike Frattallone, co-owner of Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, said in a news release. “Our hardware stores and garden centers have been able to stay open and busy during this pandemic. Restaurant Week will give us a chance to give back to our customers while supporting our neighbors whose businesses may need a boost.”

There are 21 locations in the Twin Cities metro area, including Andover, Arden Hills, Blaine,  Burnsville, Circle Pines, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, St. Paul and Minneapolis. For more information, visit frattallones.com or call 651-288-8888.

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