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Some Twin Cities businesses forced to close early over fears of rising crime

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As if business owners aren’t worried enough about inflation and labor shortages, some say rising crime is hurting their bottom line.

Twin Cities business owners are divided on the impact of crime. Some say it’s “pretentious” and business is “thriving,” while others say fewer people are eating out for fear of crime. Either way, the restaurant scene is not what it was pre-pandemic.

Sam Turner is the owner of Nicollet Diner, one of the last restaurants open 24/7. They just moved into the Nicollet Mall space two weeks before him and plan to open a cabaret bar next door. Turner said he didn’t see a drop in business, but an increase in crime prompted a change.


According to city crime data, Seattle saw an 18% increase in overall crime from July 2021 to 2022. Over the same timeframe, Portland saw a 23.3% increase, San Francisco saw an 11% increase, and Minneapolis saw an almost 15% increase. (Fox News)

“There have been two shootings within a block or two. [where] “Our facility is right there in front of us,” Turner said. “It’s like a total lawless culture.”

Turner said it’s been in a downward spiral since the pandemic.

“Public safety is a major concern for the city in general. For us, it has caused us to change our business practices. For example, we no longer take orders directly,” Turner said. said.

Also, ID and payment are required for orders placed after 10pm.

Professor Chris Uggen also said diners may be hesitant to eat out due to financial reasons and the fact that staying at home has become a routine due to the pandemic. (Fox News)

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According to Open Table data, the number of people eating out in Minneapolis this July was less than half what it was in 2019. In San Francisco, Portland and Seattle he’s down over 40%.

City crime data shows that all these cities have more than a 10% increase in crime this year compared to last year.

“every day “One of our restaurants was burgled,” Brian Ingram said. “My car was stolen from my house just a few days ago.

Ingram owns Purpose Driven Restaurants, which operates several establishments in St. Paul. His restaurant, The Gnome Craft Pub, began closing early due to criminal threats.

Owner Sam Turner

Owner Sam Turner says, “It’s important that guests feel safe when they’re here. Previously, Nicollette Diner had only one security guard at night, now there are one to four. He said there are 20 guards. (Fox News/Fox News)

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“No staff wants to work after dark. “The Nome here is a pub. It used to close at 1am. We did a huge amount of business from 9am to 1am, but we’re closing for safety reasons.”

Christopher Uggen is a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies crime, law, and inequality. He says politicians have often used the fear of crime for political gain.

“I think we need to be somewhat cautious about ascribing fear of crime alone as the reason for the decline in reservations,” Uggen said. I think it’s likely,” he said. He said.

Remember the police are killing hundreds of cops. In Minneapolis, in 2019 he had over 700 police officers. Now he is below 450, and many business owners say this contributes to an increase in crime.


“Minneapolis is a very resilient city. There are a lot of things to fix,” Turner says. “We’re going to start by replacing streetlights, and then just parking enforcement and normal traffic enforcement manning. It will make a difference. Who you put in these positions will determine how long it will take you to get out of this situation.”