Support BIPOC & FTW businesses and communities! Updated Feb 2019
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Note: This list is a community effort. It was built and is maintained by a small group of independent people working for social justice and change.
Supporting Black, Indigenous, POC, FTW, and queer businesses is important. This list is specifically focused on businesses owned by traditionally marginalized communities and businesses whose existence and actions contribute to furthering economic & social justice in the Twin Cities. Please check it out and share it.
*BIPOC is Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. FTW is short and includes Femme, trans, Two-Spirit, Non-binary folx, and Women.
***Because this list continues to grow, there are now TABS for easier navigation.
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Doña Chela CerveceríaLatinxMinneapolisNear NorthWe are Minnesota's Latino-owned and influenced beer company, supporting and accentuating the Latino communities of Minnesota. Inspired by our upbringings, our goal is to provide quality craft beer not only to those we serve, but to anyone who appreciates beer with purpose, culture and heart. Our for-benefit corporate status makes the first of our kind in the country. Stay tuned as our company grows and evolves.
Du Nord Craft SpiritsPOC-ownerMinneapolisoff MinnehahaDu Nord Craft Spirits is a small batch distillery producing artisan gin, vodka, liqueurs and whiskeys
Twin Spirits DistilleryFTW-ownedMinneapolisNEMichelle is the first one-woman owned distillery in Minnesota and she is excited to make NE Minneapolis her distilling oasis.
Urban Growler Brewing CompanyFTW-ownedSaint PaulSaint Anthony Park
Cookie Cartnon-profit MinneapolisNorthCookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.
Dulceria BakeryPOC and FTW-ownedMinneapolisStandish neighborhoodDulceria Bakery is a local, woman of color owned bakery offering one of a kind Mexican pastries, custom cakes, decorated cookies and desserts made from scratch that bring communities together to share, celebrate and build memorable experiences! CHECK OUT Dulceria Bakery at the Midtown Farmers Market!
East African Bakery POC-ownedTwin Citiesgrew up eating the traditional breads of his region, watching his mother painstakingly labor over a smoky fire to create the spongy injera bread as a staple for their daily meals.
Glam Doll DonutsFTW-ownedMinneapolisEat Street - S. Nicollet and NortheastOur team makes dang good sweet treats; cake-raised-filled-fritter-tastic goodness. The motto we go by: treat yo’self (glamorously), and life will be sweet.
Green Garden Bakery
POC and youth enterprise
MinneapolisNorthside plus farmers markets and pop-upsWe are a group of young entrepreneurs from Heritage Park - North Minneapolis who are driven by a passion to change the world one healthy and delicious baked good at a time. Green Garden Bakery grows vegetables in our community garden, bakes them into healthy vegetable-based desserts for every diet (vegan, gluten free, sugar free), and markets them using sustainable practices. We sell the desserts for “pay-what-you-want” and donate our proceeds back into our community.
Panaderia El Sabor EcuatorianoPOC-ownedMinneapolisE Lake Street
Sssdude-NutzPOC-ownedMinneapolisDinkytown"SSSDUDE-NUTZ" was conjured from 2 things: the quest to find a good quality donut that reminded Bradley of his favorite donut shop back in California and art. By pairing these two together, a unique donut was created that will leave a lasting impression.
T-Rex Cookies and Coffee CafePOC and FTW-ownedMinneapolisUniversity, near Hwy 280Delicious giant cookies and a café spot.
Spinning WyldePOC and FTW-ownedpop up in Saint PaulSpinning Wylde is a woman-owned and family-operated pop-up shop preparing fresh spun gourmet cotton candy, made with organic cane sugar, and offered in 50 rotating flavors with fun toppings.
Suga RushPOC-ownedSaint PaulFrogtown2 single occupancy gender inclusive bathroomsSmall, cozy, family-owned spot that makes delicious fresh, homemade donuts, bismarks, cinnamon rolls, and more.
Trung Nam French BakeryPOC-ownedSaint PaulFrogtownAuthentic recipes. Family traditions. Freshly baked goods everyday.  Find your favorite treat in our wide-array of French breads, pâtisseries and Vietnamese staples.
All Squarenon-profit. POC-board of directorsMinneapolisLongfellowall gendersAll Square is a civil rights social enterprise centered on a craft grilled cheese restaurant and professional development institute. Our aim is to ensure that people impacted by the criminal justice system have the financial support and social capital necessary for a bright and productive future.
Afro-DeliPOC-ownedMinneapolisStadium Village and Downtown Saint PaulA fast, friendly, and affordable place for anything from coffee and tea, to lunch, dinner, and dessert. We are a social venture that attempts to weave together business with community and culture.
Banana BlossomPOC-ownedMinneapolisLowry AveBanana Blossom is a local, family-owned Thai and Vietnamese restaurant.
Breaking Bread CafePOC owners and leadersMinneapolisNear North (W Broadway Ave and Fremont)A project of a community-based nonprofit, Appetitie for Change, whose mission it is to use food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. CATERS!
Cafe RacerPOC-ownedMinneapolisSewardSingle-user, non-gendered bathroom
Camdi RestaurantPOC-ownedMinneapolisDinkytown Local, family owned restaurant in Mpls. One of the oldest eateries in the area, our quaint little restaurant serves a combination fo authentic Chinese/Vietnamese dishes and have a variety of vean and vegetarina options too! Stop by and say hi to Camdi and Kiet!
ChimborazoPOC-ownedMinneapolisNorth EastChimborazo is a small restaurant with a big heart and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. At Chimborazo our desire is to introduce our guests to the traditional cuisines of Ecuador and the Andean highlands.
Chin DianPOC-ownedMinneapolisNorth EastChef Nina Wong grew up immersed in the diverse flavors of Asia. Born in Vietnam to Chinese parents and raised in the United States, she learned to create dishes that reflect the essence of Asia.
Cocina LatinaPOC-ownedMinneapolisKingfield
Crescent Moon BakeryPOC-ownedMinneapolisDinkytown and NortheastThe Bakery offers fresh baked breads daily and the restaurant provides the highest quality dishes using halal meats and fresh produce
The Curry DivaPOC and FTW-ownedMinneapolisLyndale/UptownCatering and pop-up diner.
Daalo GrillPOC-ownedMinneapolisNicollet - Eat StreetEast African food.
Dilla's Ethiopian RestaurantPOC-ownedMinneapolisCedar-Riverside
Dumplingco-owned by a POCMinneapolisLongfellowDumpling is a next generation Asian Restaurant. Specializing in Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodian comfort food made with fresh, thoughtful ingredients.
East Village GrillPOC-ownedMinneapolisElliot Park(612) 333-3726
El NortenoFTW/POC-ownedMinneapolisLongfellow
Gatherings CafeIndigenous-ownedMinneapolisPhillips (Franklin Ave and Bloomington Ave)We are a community based Café that encourages living healthy, eating healthy, and education through ancestral knowledge.
Ghandi MahalPOC-ownedMinneapolisLongfellowOur mission is to provide high quality, healthy food that promotes a peaceful mind and experience in a soothing environment.
Gorkha PalaceFTW and POC-ownedMinneapolisNortheastGorkha Palace offers authentic Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine using local and organic ingredients and freshly ground spices.
Got The JuiceBlack-owned, employs youthMinneapolisNorth (Lowry)It's serving up organic and vegan smoothies and juices, while honoring Black culture and promoting wellness and self-care throughout the community.
Hai Haipartially FTW and POC-ownedMinneapolisNortheastInspired by dishes that Chef Christina Nguyen grew up eating at home, at family celebrations, in Vietnamese Sunday school basements & during several trips to Southeast Asia, you can expect to find more than just the standards like pho & pad thai. HAI HAI will shine the spotlight on some lesser known delicious regional dishes, along with new & original dishes using the Southeast Asian palette of flavors.
Hard TimescollectiveMinneapolisCedar-Riverside2 single-user, non-gendered bathroomsWorker-owned eatery with a punk-rock atmosphere serving vegan & vegetarian fare at almost all hours.
Harry Singh's Original Caribbean Restaurant
POC-ownedMinneapolisNicollet - Eat StreetHarry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant specializes in Caribbean comfort foods: roasty, long-cooked comfort foods that, Caribbean though they be, bear a family resemblance to any Midwestern grandma's best pot roast, because of their all-day-on-the-stove essence.
HimalayanPOC-ownedMinneapolisLongfellowAmazing food and great lunch buffet.
Holy LandPOC-ownedMinneapolisNortheastMiddle eastern food. Caters.
Jambo KitchenPOC-ownedMinneapolisCedar-RiversideA fast casual restaurant located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Jambo! Kitchen serves a unique blend of sandwiches, tacos, and bowls inspired by the flavors of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
Karta Thai RestaurantPOC-ownedMinneapolisNortheast and Columbia Heights
Katar RestaurantFTW and POC-ownedMinneapolisSewardA vision of Sara Wordofa, Katar River officially opened its doors on Minnehaha Avenue in September of 2008. The vision was to bring authentic Ethiopian food and bakery products to ... Minneapolis. With a diverse menu of Ethiopian, Somali, Italian, and Middle Eastern cuisine at affordable prices, Katar River has seen tremendous growth in the past seven years. Known for mouth-watering recipes, customers routinely fill the seats of both the indoor and outdoor sections of the restaurant, as they enjoy all the tempting smells and lively music in the air.
La LomaPOC-ownedMinneapolisGlobal Market, Mercado Central, Downtown MinneapolisNoelia and Enrique Garcia moved to the United States right after getting married in their hometown Quebrantadero, a small town deep in the heart of Mexico’s heartland. They brought with them a dream and a recipe. The dream, to create a new future for themselves in the United States and the recipe, the key to make homemade tamales the same way they are made in Mexico.
Las MojarrasPOC-ownedMinneapolisE Lake StreetMexican restaurant with a focus on seafood dishes, plus beer & cocktails.
Lucy's Market & Carry OutPOC-ownedMinneapolisCorcoranProviding classic Ethiopian dishes, carry out, seat-in, and catering.
Lu's SandwichesPOC-ownedMinneapolisNicollet Ave and NortheastLu’s is dedicated to a small menu with every item being simple and traditional. We want to serve you great food the freshest way possible.
Malabari KitchenImmigrant and POC-ownedMinneapolisCedar-RiversideThe cuisine focuses on India’s rarely encountered southwestern coastal region of Malabar, a one-time center of the spice trade coveted for its black pepper.
Mama D's Authentic Southern CookingBlack and FTW-ownedMinneapolisMidtown Global market We are a family-owned business operated right here in Minneapolis, MN. Our owner, Ms. Destiny Brooks has a passion for southern cooking and is bringing her authentic southern food to the Twin Cities.
Manny's TortasPOC-ownedMinneapolisMidtown Global market Manuel Gonzalez is from Mexico City. He always dreamed of opening his own business and was chosen as one of the first restaurants to be part of the Latino Business Development Project.
Maria's CafeFTW/POC-ownedMinneapolisPhillipsOver the past 20 years, restauranteur María Hoyos has been pleasing customers with her honest dedication to home-cooked foods
Marla's Caribbean CuisineFTW/POC-ownedMinneapolisPowderhorn
Maya CuisinePOC-ownedMinneapolisNortheastWelcome to MAYA cuisine! Let's start with the tortillas, handmade every morning and afternoon for your favorite tacos, soups, and Mexican plate. We have veggie friendly options including veggie tamales, veggie tacos, and our famous MAYA torta.
Mediterranean Deli at 523 Cedar AveImmigrant and POC-ownedMinneapolisCedar-Riverside
Peninsula Malaysian CuisinePOC-ownedMinneapolisNicollet - Eat StreetWas established by a group of Malaysians with great passion of bringing the most authentic Malaysian and Southeast Asian cuisine to the Twin Cities
Pimento Jamaican KitchenPOC co-ownerMinneapolisNicollet - Eat Street
Pho 79POC-ownedMinneapolis & St. PaulEat Street (Hennipen Ave)
Quruxlow African RestaurantPOC-ownedMinneapolisEast Lake Street
QuangPOC-ownedMinneapolisEat Street (Nicollet Ave)We are a family-owned restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese cuisine since 1989
Red Sea Bar and RestuarantPOC-ownedMinneapolisCedar RiversideSince 1990, The Red Sea has been a destination for authentic Ethiopian & Eritrean food. Our menu features a wide variety of flavorful dishes, including many vegetarian options.
Sammy's Avenue EateryPOC-ownedMinneapolisNear North (W Broadway Ave and Emerson)Friendly place with great sandwiches and sweet potato pie.
Sassy SpoonFTW-ownedMinneapolisfar south Minneapolis Sassy Spoon brings ‘wholesome food with attitude’ to the Twin Cities! Our entire restaurant menu is gluten-free, serving home-cooked style meals.
Sen Yai Sen LekPOC-ownedMinneapolisNortheast (Central Ave)Guiding Principles: family ownership, cultural authenticity, social adn environmental responsibility, and community orientation
Seward CafecollectiveMinneapolisSeward2 single-user, non-gendered bathroomsThe Seward Community Cafe is a collectively owned and operated restaurant in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis. We’ve been serving our neighborhood since 1974, offering a full menu with vegan and wheat-free options.
Singapore RestaurantPOC-ownedMinneapolisLake Nokomis area
Smoke in the PitBlack-ownedMinneapolisCando (Chicago and 38th)Smoke In The Pit, Inc. was founded in 1998 in MPLS, MN as a restaurant that dedicated Itself to the perfection of smoked meats and southern style side dishes.
Som Taste RestaurantPOC-ownedMinneapolisSouth Mpls near Minnehaha Falls and Lake Nokomis Featuring Somali specialties like the twin cities’ favorite famous “Sambusa”, our signature chicken barbeque and our tasty goat meat.
Sonora GrillPOC-ownedMinneapolisLongfellowWe are known for our mouth watering tacos and our made from scratch Latin American and Spanish infusion cuisine.
Taco TaxiPOC-ownedMinneapolisE Lake Street and food truckTaco Taxi restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, all of which have come from family recipes handed down through the generations.
Tatanka Food TruckIndigenous-ownedVarious locations
Wadajir Grocery at 525 Cedar Ave S Immigrant and POC-ownedMinneapolisCedar-Riverside
Afro DeliPOC-ownedSaint PaulDowntowngenderedA fast, friendly, and affordable place for anything from coffee and tea, to lunch, dinner, and dessert. We are a social venture that attempts to weave together business with community and culture.
Bangkok Thai DeliPOC-ownedSaint PaulUniversity Ave
Black Sea RestaurantPOC-ownedSaint PaulThe Black Sea Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant offering traditional Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. With two convenient locations in St. Paul and White Bear Lake, Black Sea is a local favorite and experience you don’t want to miss.
Bole Ethiopian CuisinePOC-ownedSaint PaulUniversity Ave Bolé Ethiopian restaurant is the area’s favorite destination for exquisite Ethiopian cuisine. We pride ourselves on preparing only the finest quality meals.
Cahoots Coffee BarPOC-ownedSaint PaulLexington-HamlineCahoots Coffee Bar is an atmospheric java cafe with quirky decor, a garden patio and a relaxed vibe offering coffee, tea and Middle Eastern-inspired foods.
El Burrito MercadoFTW/POC-ownedSaint PaulCesar Chavez St. in Saint Paul The Silva family owns and manage their business, they are hands on, and while they strive to keep things real they never compromise quality, service, nor authenticity.
Everest on GrandPOC-ownedSaint PaulGrand AveNepali, Tibetan, and Indian cuisine.
FasikaPOC-ownedSaint PaulSnelling AveTopped off with a cup of strong, hot Ethiopian coffee, Ethiopian food is a wonderful way to feed the body and experience something of another world at the same time. Fasika, feast.
FlamingoFTW and POC-ownedSaint PaulUniversity Ave Shegitu Kebede and Frewoini Haile are East African women activists, small business owners, and community leaders, from Ethiopia and Eritrea, respectively.
Foxy FalafelFTW-ownedSaint PaulSaint Anthony Park (Raymond Ave near University Ave)
Friends CaféPOC-ownedSaint PaulBurmese food
Green and Grill Global TastePOC-ownedSaint PaulDowntownPreparing and serving fresh food is our longtime passion
Heritage Tea HousePOC-ownedSaint PaulFrogtownHeritage Tea House Boutique is a full-service Restaurant, Bar, and African Cultural Boutique that features over 24 loose-leaf teas from around the world.
Homi RestaurantPOC-ownedSaint PaulFrogtownHortencia and Miguel pride themselves on making everything on the spot and from scratch.
India HousePOCSaint PaulGrand Ave
Khyber Pass CafePOC-ownedSaint PaulMac-GrovelandFeaturing authentic Afghan cuisine, Khyber Pass prepares its food according to old family recipes handed down to Emel and Masooda.
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