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[MSP] 3/50 Project: Grassroots Economic Stimulus--which three local restaurants will you chose?


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[MSP] 3/50 Project: Grassroots Economic Stimulus--which three local restaurants will you chose?

The Dairy Queen | Apr 3, 2009 04:45 AM

There's a new project launched out of the Twin Cities called the 3/50 project, a grass-roots economic stimulus of sorts, where you pick 3 small, local, independent, businesses that you don't want to go under and vow to spend $50 there every month:

If you choose 3 local restaurants (or food-related businesses) in the Twin Cities to spend $50 at every month (for how long, I don't know, I guess let's say a year), what would they be? Places you'd be heart-broken over, kicking yourself if they went under...

Hard to choose, as there are so many worthy restaurants, but, here goes:

0. My neighborhood co-op: I already spend $50 a month here, so, I won't list it as one of my three because I'm already doing that.

1. Ngon Bistro, St. Paul

2. Heartland, St. Paul

3. Los Ocampo, Lake Street, Minneapolis (I guess that means I'll have to eat there once or twice a week. How do you even spend $50 a month at a place like this?).

What are your three?

EDIT--I was just thinking over my choices while getting ready for work and I realize, if you choose to spend your $50 a month at a business that sources locally (like Ngon Bistro, Heartland, or your neighborhood co-op), your spending will have a "multiplier" effect because those businesses will spend your $50 on local labor, of course, but also with the local vendors they patronize; and, hopefully they would spend any profits locally. I wish that Los Ocampo would source locally (maybe they do, I really don't know) so that my $50 would support not only the local workforce, but maybe even other local vendors.Still, I'm keeping it on my list because I really would be devastated if they went out of business.

Here's a link to a good thread, that may need updating, about restaurants that source locally in the Twin Cities:

And a similar thread re: outstate MN


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