As many businesses cut hours, why is this North Shore eatery open in winter for the first time?

Fresh fish salad from the Angry Trout Cafe in Grand Marais, Minn. (Bryan Hansel for MPR)
Armstrong, Mary

If you're a fan of Minnesota's beautiful North Shore, you probably have a favorite eatery along that scenic stretch of Lake Superior.

But no matter how beloved a restaurant is, it isn’t easy to stay afloat, especially amidst the choppy waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses around the country struggle to attract and keep employees, one popular spot on the North Shore is changing its business model to keep its staff satisfied and working.

Barb LaVigne is co-owner of the Angry Trout Cafe in Grand Marais. As the bathroom of her restaurant was being winterized, she joined host Cathy Wurzer to talk about why she’s extending the season, changing pay structures and more.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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