Reporting Edgar Linares
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Short sleeved shirts and pale legs were on full display in the Twin Cities.
“It’s gorgeous outside,” said Sheri McGrath waiting in line at a food truck.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports
In downtown Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon, food trucks were lined up along Marquette Avenue and restaurants were busy on Nicollet Mall with customers enjoying outdoor dining.
“It’s beautiful to be out and not inside a conference room,” said one woman enjoying a margarita.
John Ziegler, manager of McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant, said their phone hasn’t stopped ringing since they set up their patio.
“We just go by whatever the weather dictates to us,” said Ziegler. “This year we are blessed to have beautiful weather come early and we’re all about getting out here as quick as we can.”
At The Local on Nicollet, manager Josh Petzel said this stretch of warm weather couldn’t have come at a better time for them.
“It rolls right into St. Patrick’s day for us,” says Petzel. “You’ve got to take advantage of it. You only get so many days of the year here in Minnesota.”
Petzel planned on putting up a tent over his patio on St. Patrick’s Day, but he cancelled that since it’ll be in the mid-70s.
“We’d rather have the sun shining down on people,” said Petzel.
During the lunch rush Cody Allen owner of the “Twisted Sister House of Hunger” food truck closed early.
“We sold out. It’s amazing!” said Allen. “All of a sudden we had 20 people in line and it did not stop. We actually had to turn away about 30 people once we actually got down to what meat we had.”
Allen plans on brining twice as much meat for Thursday and Friday and will stay open for extended hours.
“It’s so much fun. Look at all the energy and all the people outside,” said Sheri McGrath.