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Insider Tips From Young Twin Cities Execs

Insider Tips From Young Twin Cities Execs

Five young executives share go-to spots for entertaining and business attire.

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Ben Shardlow

Director of public realm initiatives,
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District

Business Breakfast
Moose & Sadie’s is just so pleasant. It has great morning light, the coffee is strong, and the huevos rancheros are always solid. North Loop, Mpls., 612-371-0464, mooseandsadies.com

Business Lunch
For relatively informal lunch meetings, I like Masu. The food is satisfying, flavorful, and interesting. I love the pork tonkatsu ramen, even though it’s not the easiest thing to eat while holding a conversation. Lower Northeast Mpls., 612-332-6278, masusushiandrobata.com

Happy Hour
If it’s a beer crowd, Devil’s Advocate has 40 taps and a great historic atmosphere. Downtown Mpls., 612-843-2260, devilsadvocatebar.com

Business Attire
Heimie’s is a store full of beautiful things. Shopping there is a treat, not a task. Downtown St. Paul, 651-224-2354, heimies.com


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Abe Appert
First vice president, CBRE

Business Breakfast
Good Day Café has great food and a fun staff. It’s busy, loud and full of familiar faces from the [commercial real estate] industry, which always gets the blood pumping in the a.m. Golden Valley, 763-544-0205, gooddaycafemn.com

Business Dinner
The Twin Cities finally has lots of great food options that correct the perception of local eateries as being only meat-and-potato joints. For entertaining foodie clients, 112 Eatery is the best. Warehouse District, Mpls., 612-343-7696, 112eatery.com

Business Attire
Hubert White. Brad [Sherman] and team have my personal look down to a T and don’t take themselves—or their customers—too seriously. Downtown Mpls., 612-339-9200, hubertwhite.com


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Aimee Dayhoff
Attorney, Winthrop and Weinstine

Business Breakfast
Zumbro Café has really great healthy breakfast options and it’s close to downtown Minneapolis. Linden Hills, Mpls., 612-920-3606, zumbrocafe.com

Business Lunch
Mission has fast service and the staff is incredible. They make you feel like you’re somebody, even if you’re not. Hands down, the buffalo chicken salad is the best. Downtown Mpls., 612-339-1000, missionamerican.com

Happy Hour
BANK at the Westin has a fun vibe, great happy hour specials and valet parking, which is great for clients coming into downtown. Mpls., 612-656-3255, bankmpls.com

Business Attire
One of my all-time faves is Meridian. It has beautiful clothes and accessories you don’t find anywhere else. Excelsior, 952-474-4519, meridianboutique.com


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Eric Dayton
Co-owner, The Bachelor Farmer and Askov Finlayson

Business Lunch
Monte Carlo is a North Loop institution. Nothing has changed about the place in forever, nor would you want it to. I get the meatloaf sandwich with cheddar and fried onions with a side of applesauce for dipping. Trust me, it works. North Loop, Mpls., 612-333-5900, burchrestaurant.com

Business Dinner
I usually eat at The Bachelor Farmer, but when I want to change things up, I’ll head over to Burch for a thick steak. Lowry Hill, Mpls., 612-843-1515, burchrestaurant.com

Business Attire
Anything that requires alterations goes straight to John Meegan at Top Shelf, who I think is the best tailor in Minneapolis. Lyn-Lake, 612-824-2800, topshelfinc.com


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Jim Delaney
Founder, Engine

Business Breakfast
Ike’s is central to everything and has very good classic breakfast options. Downtown Mpls., 612-746-4537, ilikeikes.com

Business Lunch
The bar at Vincent is great for a quick meal—the Vincent burger is amazing—while the quiet dining room is ideal for closing the deal. Downtown Mpls., 612-630-1189, vincentarestaurant.com

Happy Hour
On a hot summer day, Barrio has the best margaritas in town. Edina, St. Paul, downtown Mpls., barriotequila.com

Business Attire
I like the classic clothing at Brooks Brothers. My dad gave me a sport coat he bought there probably 50 years ago and it’s stood the test of time. Downtown Mpls., 612-338-1718, brooksbrothers.com