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Continued: So far, Vikings' arrival at University of Minnesota brings more anticipation than anxiety

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 17, 2014 - 11:56 PM

Smorgasbord of choices

When it comes to dining out, Vikings fans will have many more options than they’re accustomed to near the Metrodome. The multi­ethnic buffet will include multiple types of pizza, burgers, subs and chicken wings as well as restaurants featuring Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican and U.S. pub fare.

The Vikings worked with the Stadium Village Commercial Association to develop maps to promote businesses.

The My Burger restaurant in Stadium Village is festooned with a cheeky banner that reads, “Welcome Vikings fans! (We also welcome non-Vikings fans but keep it under your hat, will ya? It’s game day.)”

Around the corner, the sign at Campus Pizza reads, “Show us your Vikings pride.” Another says the restaurant is hiring cooks, dishwashers and other workers for game days. Manager Dave Koch said the restaurant will double the usual gameday seating.

And “we set up an extra bar and two beer tubs,” Koch said. The eatery also made an arrangement with its distributor for delivering beer on demand. “We don’t have enough room to hold enough beer,” he said. “It’s a lot of extra product, and then you’ve got all that ice.”

Molly Watkins, now studying physical therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, came back to the university last week to study at her favorite library. She said the area is much more vibrant now than it was when she lived in Stadium Village a few years ago.

The Vikings’ arrival “will bring revenue and noise,” she said. “I think it will be good to keep that area populated.”

Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747 @rochelleolson

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