By Marielle Mohs

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Restaurants, bars and bakeries have been some of the hardest hit businesses during this pandemic and state shutdown.

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Starting this week, there will be a new online effort to help the Twin Cities food scene. It’s called #SaveTwinCitiesEats.

The digital platform first launched in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. and saw a lot of success, so Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos wanted to bring it to her hometown.

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“#SavePhillyEats and #SaveDCEats have raised half a million dollars in revenue and really started a movement,” Papanikolopoulos said.

She launched the #SaveTwinCitiesEats website on Sunday as a single place to congregate any restaurant in the metro who wants to sell take-out, dine-out kits or even experiential orders, like a cooking class or restaurant tour.

“We have everything from a $30 cheese box from House of Gristle to, you know, the $750 dining experience,” Papanikolopoulos said.

One of the restaurants partnering with #SaveTwinCitiesEats is Union Hmong Kitchen, a food truck-style restaurant connected to Sociable Cider Works in northeast Minneapolis. Yia Vang is the owner and head chef.

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“They want to see us survive,” Vang said.

#SaveTwinCitiesEats does not take any money from the restaurants they partner with.

“We directly link each offer and experience to the restaurant and bar,” Papanikolopoulos said. “It’s with a mission to offer businesses with revenue now, so they can make it tomorrow.”

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This effort comes after several successful businesses closed down due to the pandemic in Minneapolis, including The Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar, 4 Bells and Muddy Waters.

Click here to support businesses and browse the offers on #SaveTwinCitiesEats.

If you’re a Twin Cities restaurant, bar, cafe or bakery that would like to partner with #SaveTwinCitiesEats, email

You can also follow them on Instagram: @savetwincitieseats

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Marielle Mohs