Twin Peaks bringing its lodge-style sports activities bars to Philly area

The Philadelphia area is set to see a wave of new sports bars in the years to come as Twin Peaks, a lodge-style restaurant with wall-to-wall TVs and an all-female waitress, begins its first Northeast expansion.

Known for its rugged atmosphere and hearty, freshly prepared menus, Twin Peaks was founded in the Dallas suburbs in 2005 and has expanded to 85 locations across the country. The company now plans to open 10 locations in the Philadelphia area.

“Everything we put into our building is a high-quality weapon of mass diversion,” said Joe Hummel, CEO of Twin Peaks. “We want everyone who walks in to see these weapons of mass diversion and concentrate fully on what’s going on outside the four walls, sounds, fire pits, fire pits. We really want to distract them from everything that is going on outside the four walls so that they can escape in our house, so to speak. ”

Twin Peaks has a combination of company-owned locations and franchises. The 10 restaurants planned in this area are part of a franchise development agreement.

The company and its franchisees are still in the process of selecting the upcoming locations, but have focused on a handful of potential destinations.

“We overlook the King of Prussia Market, Springfield, Willow Grove, Oxford Valley, Bensalem. These are some of the narrowing areas that we are really interested in, ”said Hummel.

The brand’s Pennsylvania presence could include potential locations in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, and York. There is also a chance a suitable location is emerging in South Jersey, and the company is also looking to Pittsburgh and the Ohio markets.

In its existing US locations, Twin Peaks is perhaps best known for its frosty 29-degree draft beers.

“Cold beer is a really great way to watch sports, but to say ‘cold beer’ or ‘cold beer’ – they’re two different things,” said Hummel. “We have teamed up with a proprietary type of dispensing system in California and he is developing our dispensing systems for us that actually pour beer at 29 degrees. When it hits our frozen mugs, a beer becomes mushy. It just makes us exercise and our kitchen scratches so much better. ”

The bar’s menu offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches, as well as soups, salads, tacos and hot dishes such as braised beef, steak, grilled salmon and a variety of side dishes.

Twins Peaks’ marketing gestures refer to the general lumberjack ethos, or “mantality,” as the company quips in an ad.

The bar has sometimes been compared to Hooters, but Hummel said the resemblance only came from the women serving.

“Our brand has so many dynamic parts,” said Hummel. “If you look at our lodge compared to any sports bar out there, we have so many other things that can get you to add to the sport.”

The company is already in the midst of significant growth and plans to use the Philadelphia area as a launch pad in the coming years to venture north into New York and Massachusetts.

“We think Eagles fans, Phillies fans, Flyers, Philly Union, all of these sports are a great fit for our fan base who will have a game day in our lodges outside of the Philly market,” said Hummel.

Twin Peaks plans to open between 22 and 25 new locations in the coming year, and between 30 and 35 a year in the following years. The company is also targeting soccer fans in Mexico, where 32 new locations are to be planned in the coming years.

In the Philadelphia area, the first of 10 new lodges is slated to open in late 2022 or early 2023.

Hummel expects Twin Peaks to attract sports fans from across the spectrum when it gets to the area.

“Sport has resonance – and there are so many different sports,” said Hummel. “Boxing, UFC, of ​​course the NFL and college football, college hoops, NBA, hockey, baseball. There are Champions League and World Cup qualifications that go straight to the MLS.”

Though the company was born in Dallas, Hummel says the new lodges will be a welcome atmosphere for rival Eagles fans who will be watching the scoreboards closely for the final weeks of the NFL season.

“Philly, they’re hanging in there,” said Hummel. “They haven’t had as much success (like the cowboys) but they are still on the hunt, especially if Washington beat the cowboys that Sunday.”

Newport hopes 3M cash pays for Mississippi entry – Twin Cities

Newport wants a closer relationship with the Mississippi and turns to 3M for help.

The city is considering a package of river-friendly proposals – buying an island, removing a dam, adding boat docks, and building two riverside parks.

But Newport will need part of the $ 850 million settlement from a 3M lawsuit, according to city manager Deb Hill.

“We couldn’t do this alone,” said Hill.

The city council discussed the proposals in a workshop on Thursday. Hill said the proposals are preliminary and there are no cost estimates or timetables for the work yet.

The proposal involves the purchase of an undeveloped 22-acre island west of Cedar Lane, which a nonprofit called Peacebunny Island bought for $ 35,000 in 2018. The proposal contained no potential improvements for the island.

A new park would be built across Cedar Lane across from the island.

To do this, a dike built in 1965 would have to be breached so that the floodwater can flow into an area of ​​around one block.

The city would buy and demolish the last home on the flood plain – a two-story home at 1651 Cedar Lane. The city is seeking help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in purchasing this home, which has an estimated market value of $ 341,000.

The park would have a canoe and kayak launch and parking for up to 10 vehicles.

South of that park, near Ninth Street, another park would be built on a lot called Mill Pond.

This park would have a deck for fishing and parking for 10 cars. The new park would include the historic Mississippi survey on 10th Street, which would be expanded and improved.

3M paid $ 850 million in 2018 to resolve an environmental damage lawsuit. The attorney general accused 3M chemicals of harming the environment when they spilled from landfills to groundwater and river water in the area.

Of the $ 850 million, $ 20 million was earmarked for improving “outdoor recreation.” City Administrator Hill said the Newport projects may qualify.

Two advisory groups have met regularly since 2018 to make recommendations on how to use the 3M settlement money, of which $ 700 million remains after legal costs.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources will have final authority over the distribution of the money. The dispute settlement provides for projects to be selected that will protect the quality of drinking water and improve the area’s natural resources.

Deutsche Tage returns to Summit Avenue with German meals, beer and leisure – Twin Cities

The German Days will return to the Germanic-American Institute on Summit Avenue in St. Paul on June 12th and 13th.

The event, which was canceled last year due to COVID-19, is one of GAI’s oldest traditions and features German food, beer and live entertainment. According to GAI, it is the oldest ethnic festival in St. Paul.

Music and entertainment throughout the weekend include the Bavarian music masters and Alpensterne, Ron Machel and the master concert player Josh Eidsor, along with the Turkish music ensemble Makam Baklava and the Rivers Ballet, as well as a special performance by the MN Opera soprano Karin Wolverton.

Admission is free, food, drinks and merchandise are for sale. Adults 21 and older can purchase wristbands for $ 5 to purchase beer and wine. The proceeds will benefit the GAI programs, including German lessons for adults and children, the German Immersion Preschool nursery and the cultural program.

GAI is located at 301 Summit Avenue. There is food at the Schwarzwaldgasthof and Ruhland’s Strudel Haus and there are four beers on tap. For more information, visit gaimn.org.

Singapore faces ‘twin challenges’ from local weather change, says minister

SINGAPORE – Singapore faces two challenges from climate change and is pursuing a new coastal protection plan to preserve the island’s most vulnerable coastlines, the country’s environment minister said.

“Our dual challenges are coastal flooding … (and) extreme rainstorms, which can lead to more intense inland flooding. So we need a system that will help us address both issues,” said Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the environment.

The project, launched Tuesday by Singapore’s national water agency PUB, will collect science and data on how best to mitigate and adjust coastal damage before creating a road map, Fu told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday .

Singapore, a small Southeast Asian city-state smaller than New York City, has worked for years to protect its coastline from sea level rise and other environmental damage.

Much of the land is fair 15 meters above mean sea levelwith about 30% of the land less than 5 meters above mean sea level. This has prompted authorities to introduce a minimum land reclamation of 4 meters – a number that would likely soon increase to 5 meters, Fu said.

“We want to understand the effects of all of these climate scenarios on our environment, sea water levels and also the tidal differences that are coming our way,” she said.

The first region to fall under the plan will be 57.8 km of coastline stretching across Singapore’s Greater South Waterfront. These include the city’s central business district, the east coast and Changi, which is where Singapore’s Changi Airport is located.

The skyline of the financial and business center can be seen in the background as people paddle along the beach at East Coast Park in Singapore on July 17, 2020.

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Singapore’s new coastal defense strategy gives private developers an opportunity to help shape their future, Fu said.

The study starts with a $ 5 billion fund and will be carried out over the next four years by a privately owned consortium of Singaporean and Dutch consulting firms. This process will in turn open the door for other private companies to offer green solutions, Fu said.

“For the investments that the government is making, I am sure that the private sector can benefit from building and delivering the tech solutions,” she said.

“Developers along the way will have an idea of ​​the plan we are pursuing,” she said. “So if you build infrastructure, if you build buildings, if you build offices, or if you build recreational facilities, you have to build with this science, this data and these assumptions.”

The project takes place amid increasing efforts to reduce the effects of climate change around the world.

Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars to launch 30 sports-tech-entertainment startups – Twin Cities

The Minnesota Twins partnered with Techstars launch accelerator for an unusual company: a funding and mentoring initiative for startups working at the intersection of sports, technology and entertainment. Over the next three years, around 30 startups will be selected to improve their skills under the guidance of potential funders and business leaders. Each of the three annual cohorts will last 13 weeks.

This will be the first accelerator of its kind in sports in Minnesota and the second of its kind to be operated and funded by a Major League Baseball club. The Los Angeles Dodgers supported a similar effort in 2015. Techstars is better known for its Farm to Fork Accelerator, which was launched with Cargill and Ecolab in 2019, followed by the United Healthcare Accelerator in 2019.

Techstars’ Minnesota Twins Accelerator will launch first-round applications on May 10th. A physical location for the mentoring initiative has yet to be determined, and the initiative is also looking for a managing director. Startups likely range from those focused on technology-driven fan engagement to digital media content, event innovation, and much more.

“The Minnesota Twins strive to innovate in the field and outside,” said Joe Pohlad, executive vice president of brand strategy and growth for the Twins, in a printed statement. “This new business strategy is helping us create a platform on which to connect with startups around the world.”

The first cohort will run from November to February 2022, with some remote work required, depending on public health guidelines. More information is available online at techstars.com/accelerators/minnesota-twins.

Twin Cities girl accused of stealing cash from township

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Federal officials said a Twin Cities woman stole more than $ 650,000 from Vermillion Township in Dakota County while serving as an elected employee.

Maryann Stoffel, 70, of Hastings, was charged Monday with crime wire fraud in connection with an alleged plot that spanned nearly eight years.

Stoffel had the authority to sign the municipality’s bank account, for which two people had to sign checks according to the complaint. Investigators said she either forged the signatures of the treasurer or the community chairman, or collected her actual signatures on blank checks while claiming she was paying the community’s bills.

Authorities said Stoffel deposited the money in her personal bank account and removed the payments from the community’s annual report to herself. The complaint does not specify what Stoffel did with the money.

Messages left with Stoffel’s attorney on Monday were not returned immediately, the Star Tribune reported.