I'll break from normal Friday posts to pay tribute to yesterday's terrible food losses in south Minneapolis--Blackbird and Heidi's, both destroyed by fire. Chef Stewart Woodman of Heidi's really had a hell of a day, first being nominated for a James Beard award in the morning, then losing his restaurant in the afternoon. I can't begin to imagine what kind of a roller coaster he was on. He blogged briefly about it here.
Hopefully they, and the shops that were also lost, will be able to rebuild and return to that vibrant corner.
In honor of their work, go find your locally owned and operated favorite food place and give them some business this weekend.