If you’re paying attention, you’ll have noticed there is a recent trend in many business industries. This trend is what some are calling “Conscious Capitalism.” What this means is that business owners are focusing on more than day-to-day business and profitability. Rather, they are focused more on cause, community, and mission.
It’s Pinterest’s top trend for 2017 and the “latest miracle food,” according to Epicurious. Jackfruit is generating a buzz. To capitalize, Even Stevens Sandwiches rolled out a Jackfruit Torta that fills two menu holes, says Culinary Director Brandon Price. It taps vegan trends with an ingredient that, unlike tofu- or soy-based options, isn’t lab-made and tastes like meat—a plus for nonvegans who increasingly order veggie dishes. And an ethnic spin gives a nod to the fast casual’s Hispanic base. Originally an LTO, the torta replaced the vegan Sloppy Tina sandwich after outselling it fourfold in its first month.
The historic Chimneys at Energy Park railroad complex will soon be converted into a St. Paul event center.
The Chimneys will be renovated this summer and reopened as an event space by the end of this year, said Neal Bergstrom, chief operating officer of the Falls Event Center, the Utah-based company that purchased the building.