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Hewing Hotel Finds Way To Keep Serving Diners Indoors

The Hewing Hotel has come up with a way to keep providing an upscale indoor dining experience, even while nearly all other restaurants across the state are shut down.

Starting December 4th, the Hewing is transforming several guest rooms into private dining areas for small groups of up to four people on Fridays and Saturdays. Guests will pay $110 apiece for a 7-course tasting menu (plus the option of wine pairings for an additional $65/person).

The hotel is allowed to do this because Governor Tim Walz made an exception for room service when he issued his latest COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants. Whoever books the room for the dining experience pays a $65 fee for a three-hour reservation, which qualifies them as hotel guests. The servers will leave each course outside the door, to provide a contact-free experience.

Executive chef Nyle Flynn told WCCO-TV that he hasn’t heard of any other hotels offering a service such as this, but he hopes it catches on.

The Hewing has already received an enthusiastic response, with the first set of reservations selling out quickly. They’re currently in the process of adding other dates.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association

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