Will restaurants and retail be able to bounce back?

An empty parking lot with a sign that says "We are open."
The parking lot of Joseph’s Restaurant and Bar had only a few cars parked in its lot one day last month. It’s been a popular gathering place in Stillwater for decades. But owners Joe and Mary Kohler said they're barely hanging on.
Mark Zdechlik | MPR News

Favorite restaurants in Minnesota have already shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail spending across the country has been slashed. Now shops are reopening in Minnesota, with eateries to follow. What will it be like?

Gov. Tim Walz allowed Minnesota’s stay-at-home order to expire because the state now has enough resources to handle the looming virus peak. Shops will be allowed to reopen with restrictions. Restaurants have been open for takeout only but could reopen to dine-in customers — also with restrictions — on June 1. 

MPR News host Angela Davis is joined by two experts on the restaurant and retail industries to talk about what’s next for customers and business owners.


  • Liz Rammer is the president and CEO of Hospitality Minnesota, a business association for lodging, restaurants, resorts and campgrounds.

  • George John is the marketing chair and a professor at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

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