Gov. Dayton’s sons open Minneapolis bar/restaurant

Gov. Mark Dayton’s sons are opening a restaurant/cocktail bar in downtown Minneapolis called “The Bachelor Farmer,” reports the Downtown Journal.

Eric and Andrew Dayton are having a “soft” opening for the place this week in the old Marvel Rack building, 50 N. 2nd Ave. They renovated the building, which they bought in 2008.

Says the restaurant’s web site:

The Bachelor Farmer serves fresh and simple food that honors Minnesota’s Nordic heritage. Paul Berglund and his team source the best ingredients available, which often means buying from local farmers and purveyors. We use organic products whenever possible and also grow our own herbs and vegetables on our rooftop farm, which is the first of its kind in Minneapolis.

The story says the dining room area seats 85, with 15 seats are in the bar area.

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Howard Salute on 08/04/2011 - 12:06 pm.

    Reading these tea leaves…”Look for the Farmer’s Market site to get back into the mix for the Vikings Stadium”.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/04/2011 - 12:45 pm.

    If they’re successful, maybe they can teach their father something about free market capitalism. He might be willing to listen to his own flesh and blood.

  3. Submitted by Jim Roth on 08/04/2011 - 02:21 pm.

    Dennis, considering Governor Dayton’s family heritage and extended family I think it is safe to assume he knows something about free market capitalism as well as many other things.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/04/2011 - 05:48 pm.

    You would think so, Jim. Except that Mark never worked a day in his family’s stores. In fact, he’s never worked in the private sector.

    Given his primary source of income, he has no personal experience with profit and loss or the labor required to earn an honest living … which explains his cavalier attitude towards taxing those who do.

    Best wishes to his kids. May they succeed enough to serve as a lesson for their insulated father.

  5. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/05/2011 - 03:18 pm.

    Funny thing about Dayton never working for the family business: I recall talking to people who saw Dayton hand out business cards with a phone number where he could be reached, get this, at a company phone number.

    Oh, I’m sorry, did some facts get in the way of a talking point? Not that I expect any conservative to change opinions. They’ll just find another way to bash someone they irrationally hate. What, did Dayton take your candy away? Or maybe you thought the governor’s office as permanently yours.

  6. Submitted by Lance Groth on 08/08/2011 - 11:00 am.

    I recall reading somewhere that Dayton once commented that his decision to send his Senate staff home during the elevated threat level that occurred during a recess stemmed from an incident in which there was some kind of threat at a Dayton’s store or corporate office. He said his takeaway from that experience was that employees need to be protected during any such incident. From which story I inferred that he was working there. I don’t really know his bio prior to being state auditor or any other details of the threat story – maybe someone else does.

    But as to Mr. Tester’s comment that Dayton knows nothing about the labor required to ear an honest living, I imply from this that he thinks that public sector employees in general know nothing about honest labor. This statement manages to be both silly and offensive at the same time, while also encapsulating the nastiness that is so common to right wing foot soldiers. It displays hypocrisy also. When it comes to taxation, those on the right like to accuse the left of hating the rich just for being successful. Yet they happily hate Dayton for … being rich.

    And they wonder why we don’t take them seriously.

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