Restaurants lend a hand in Minneapolis’ recovery efforts

ST. PAUL Minn. Restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul are providing meals to recovery workers and others dealing with the aftermath of the collapse Wednesday of a local bridge that was packed with rush-hour commuters, an industry officials said.

“This is the kind of thing this industry does all the time,” commented David Siegel, chief executive of Hospitality Minnesota, a state association for restaurants and hotels. “We have had an outpouring of support from other restaurant associations, wanting to know if everybody is OK.”

Among the restaurants he knows of with Twin Cities locations that have prepared food for workers, Siegel said, are Ruth’s Chris, Outback Steakhouse and Duluth-based Grandma’s Restaurant. The association has been directing people who want to help to the Twin Cities chapter of the American Red Cross.

“This effort will go on for quite awhile and will require continued contributions,” Siegel said.