Some businesses in the Twin Cities have been forced to close early for fear of rising crime

As if business owners didn’t have enough to worry about inflation and staff shortages, some say an increase in Crime hurts them.

Business owners are divided into the twin cities crime effect. Some say it is “overrated” and the business is “thriving”, while others say fewer people are willing to go out to eat due to fears of crime. Either way, the restaurant scene wasn’t what it was before the pandemic.

Sam Turner is the owner of Nicollet Diner, one of the last restaurants open 24/7. They just moved a couple of weeks ago to a place in Nicolette Mall where they plan to open a cabaret bar next door. Turner says they haven’t seen a decline in business, but have made changes due to the increase in crime.

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According to the city’s crime data, Seattle saw an 18% rise in total crime from July 2021 to 2022. In the same time frame, Portland saw a 23.3% increase, San Francisco saw an 11% increase and Minneapolis saw a roughly 15% increase. (Fox News)

“There have been two shooting incidents inside a building or two of [where] “Our institutions are up front,” Turner said. “It’s kind of just a culture of lawlessness.”

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

“Public safety is a huge concern in the city in general,” Turner said. “For us, it has caused our business practices to adjust. For example, we don’t take requests in person anymore to go.”

They also ask diners to provide proof of identity and pay when ordering after 10pm

Professor Chris Eugene also says diners may be afraid to go out to eat for financial reasons and stay home from the pandemic. (Fox News)

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Open Table data shows that Minneapolis had less than half the number of people eating out in July than it did in 2019. San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle It saw a 40% decrease.

All of those cities saw a 10% increase in crime this year compared to last year, according to the city’s crime data.

“All Brian Ingram said one of our restaurants had been robbed. “My car was stolen from my house just a few days ago.”

Ingram operates Purpose Driven Restaurants, which operates several establishments in St. Paul. His restaurant, The Gnome Craft Pub, began closing early due to the threat of crime.

Owner Sam Turner

“It is important to us that our guests feel safe when they are here,” said owner Sam Turner. He said they used to only have one security officer at night for Nicollet Diner and now they have 1 to 4 security guards. (Fox News/Fox News)

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“Nobody wants to work after dark,” Ingram said. “Nobody feels safe walking into their cars. It just got really bad.” “Here at Gnome, it’s a bar. They used to close at 1am. We did a massive amount of work from 9 to 1am, and now we’re closed due to safety concerns.”

Christopher Eugene is a professor at the University of Minnesota where he studies crime, law, and inequality. He says politicians have often exploited fear of crime for political gain.

“I think we have to be somewhat careful about attribution, say lower reservations just because of fear of crime. I think it could be one of the factors, but I also think inflation is probably a big factor or economic insecurity,” Eugene said.

Keep in mind that the police are down by hundreds of officers. In Minneapolis, they had more than 700 police officers in 2019. Now they have less than 450, something many business owners say has contributed to the increase in crime.


“Minneapolis is a very resilient city,” Turner said. “And we have a lot of things to fix.” “You’re going to start with replacing the street lights. And just regular parking enforcement and law enforcement. But then it’s also going to make a huge difference when we go to vote as well, when it comes to judges, public defenders, and prosecutors. Who we choose to put in those situations will determine whether or not the time we’ll need to get out. Who is this or not.”

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