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        1. Closed permanently as of last night, Woodman's divorcing.

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            1. re: sandylc

              I realize it is personal, but I find it incredible that not one Twin City food journalist could break this story. It's not like Heidi's was some one-star restaurant. It was considered a Top 10, maybe ever Top 5, restaurant in the Twin Cities. Yet not one of them could get this story and it gets broke on Chowhound? Another low water mark for the Twin Cities food media. Maybe they can stop eating hamburgers now and actually pay attention to the news that really matters.

              Best of luck to both Shef and Heidi in whatever and where ever their lives lead them next.

              1. re: Db Cooper

                What makes you think that the story broke here? City Pages had it just after 1 p.m.

                1. re: mcgeary

                  I meant more here vs the two mainstream papers which I try to check over my lunch break and who, I assume, are paying their staff more than the web based entities. Perhaps I was just ahead of their posts.
                  I don't have time to check every website over lunch regarding the food scene in Minneapolis. I see the Star has a blurb now.

                  In any event, rather sad news. Especially for those with RW reservations.

                  1. re: american_idle

                    I didn't source it as I'm not a journalist and i posted it on my lunch break. Of note, Eater.com didn't feel the need to credit CP.

                    1. re: american_idle

                      I'm not sure City Pages broke it, either -- the Woodmans' press agent sent a mass email statement.

                      Regardless, it's sad. I don't live in the Twin Cities anymore but have fond memories of Heidi's 1.0.

              2. re: american_idle

                Ah, sad. Never been a fan of Stewart-the-personality, but this news is kind of crushing. Best of luck to Stewart and Heidi and their children.

                ~TDQ

              3. Heidi's closure caused the bank to foreclose immediately and seized all funds, so the staff didn't get paid for all of October:

                http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2013/...

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                1. re: american_idle

                  Yes, there are definitely hazards as a business owner of just throwing in the towel. Lots and lots of stakeholders may be affected: business partners, vendors, employees, bankers, investors, customers... Instead of starting a crowd-sourcing campaign, the former employees should hurry up and file for unemployment, the ultimate crowd-sourced compensation, and start looking for work so they can remain eligible to receive benefits. My fear would be that anything they raise from the crowd-sourcing fund might simply reduce their unemployment benefits down the road, and might actually confuse matters and possibly delay their benefits.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    The unemployment situation might get murkier with publicly stating you're foregoing employment for a week off.

                    I found it puzzling that employees only appear to get paid once a month? Or at least the tip portion was monthly?

                    1. re: american_idle

                      Yeah, it probably isn't a great idea to say out loud on behalf of everyone that you're taking the week off, even though, frankly, that's probably a totally understandable, human thing to do.

                      It's confusing, but someone on the link says this: "Here are the facts: Heidi's Minneapolis retained all employee tips from cc transactions until the following payroll date, gaining full control of this tip money for up to several weeks"...and someone else says "Central Bank would not [...] cash my paycheck on 10/16. The reason they gave was insufficient funds."

                      So, assuming payday was on 10/16 and payroll is every two weeks but is at least a few days in arrears, let's say through the previous Friday 10/11, then the 10/16 payroll, which at least one individual claimed was returned by the bank, would have been for the first two weeks of Oct and maybe even a couple of days of Sept. If the bank returned the 10/16 payroll and they hadn't yet processed the 10/30 payroll (because that would be tomorrow) for hours worked through 10/25 in my example, then yeah, you lose out on all your pay for hours worked through 10/22. About 3 weeks worth of pay for time worked.

                      Also, it appears that maybe cc receipts from a pay period were typically paid in the following pay period. I wouldn't think that's too unusual because it might take awhile to tabulate all of that, but who knows. Someone in the link says that's not how it's done.

                      The sad facts appear to be that there are some people who didn't get paid. Employees and probably some vendors. Even with the best of intentions, the Woodmans may not have much say. The bank is apparently in control now.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I had even glossed over the mention that someone tried to cash a check before Heidi's closed forever last week. So when Heidi's says the bank took everything once they announced they were closing, were they referring to the original 3 month wind down, or to the abrupt announcement last week?

                        1. re: american_idle

                          It could have been either, I suppose, as those dates weren't that far apart, but if the bank pulled the rug on Oct 11 or so, it seems Heidi's should have "closed forever" on about Oct 12, sooner than Oct 22. My guess is the bank took it all after Oct 22, but that the restaurant was floundering before that, hence the apparent NSF check

                          Sad for everyone.

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            The question is how much Birdhouse affected the financial health of Heidi's. And for that matter, the personal relationship between Stewart and Heidi.

                            We'll likely never know, but that has to be a huge part of this whole story.

                            1. re: Db Cooper

                              I'm sure all of those things played a part.

                              ~TDQ

                      2. re: american_idle

                        Jason DeRusha is asserting on twitter that some restaurants pay tips nightly.

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          When the Chow Hubby worked at a steak chain downtown, all servers were paid out at the end of the night on whatever the tips were. Cash or credit card. 95% of the tabs were CC. The POS figures everything out.

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            I think it's fairly standard for servers to leave each shift with all of their tips.