In The Weeds: Creating a culture of self-care in the restaurant industry

Several years ago, chef J.D. Fratzke went missing from family photos. Juggling his role as co-owner and chef at The Strip Club Meat & Fish in St. Paul and opening a new venture, Saint Dinette, meant he was rarely at home with his wife and his daughter. Instead, he’d arrive at Strip Club around 11am, … [ Read more]

Trivial Pursuits: How Trivia Mafia Turned a Once-a-Week Quiz Night Into a Mini Bar-Game Empire

It’s Sunday night at the 331 Club and the grimy dive bar is brimming with know-it-alls. Or at least, they hope they know it all. A Trivia Mafia quiz is about to get underway. The brainiac players—primarily male, under 35, and fans of screenprint T-shirts, beards, baseball caps, and Buddy Holly glasses—are gathered in small … [ Read more]