Hamline Church Dining Hall, Minnesota State Fair’s Oldest Food Concession, to Close Indoor Dining – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota State Fair’s oldest food concession is revamping its menu in a big way this year.
The Hamline Church Dining Room, which is in its 124th year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, announced Monday that it will only serve ice cream through window service, and its dining room will be closed “out of prudence”.
Teresa Renneke is part of the committee that helped make the decision.
“It’s a really big disappointment,” said Renneke. “We went back and forth. We really struggled. It was really hard. Most of our base is made up of volunteers and many of our volunteers are older, so they were all very concerned about COVID. “
Officials say the dining hall typically serves around 20,000 meals a year, with some of the proceeds going to charity. The non-profit organization Emma Norton will be the recipient again this year.
The show will also take place without the Minnesota Council on Disability, which will not attend for security reasons, according to the council’s executive director, David Dively.
“It’s probably the biggest community interaction we’ve had all year,” Dively said. “It’s one of the main ways we interact with lawmakers. “
Dozens of vendors and exhibitors will not be returning this year due to the show’s decision not to enforce COVID-19-related mandates, such as masking or proof of vaccination.
Fair officials also announced on Monday that refunds would be available to holders of grandstand concert tickets up to 24 hours before a performance. The news came hours after Low Cut band Connie announced they would no longer perform at Saturday’s “The Current’s Music On-A-Stick” show due to the fair’s lack of security measures.