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Continued: After cancer scare, restaurant owner serves up support

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 28, 2013 - 4:21 PM

He pointed out that the five Doolittles and one Porter Creek restaurant raise money for different charities through menu promotions and other activities every month.

Sheehan, ever the entrepreneur, still hopes to double the number of restaurants over the next five years. “But if not, then not,” he said.

Regardless, serving employees and community causes fits the culture of a service business. And something is working at the growing restaurant company.

“We say our mission is to be a ‘citizen for life’ and to serve others,” Sheehan said. “Work should be part of being a human being. I just want to be part of a helping network here. I have heard stories from some of our employees that have brought me to tears. We can always do more.”

 

Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144

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