Month: November 2011


MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 28, 2011) — CRAVE, recently named a Hot Concepts! award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News, is opening a new location in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla., on Dec.11. This will be the seventh location nationwide for the rapidly growing restaurant concept and its second Florida location.

“CRAVE’s vibrant atmosphere and innovative menu are a natural fit for the Village of Merrick Park in the Gables,” said Kam Talebi, owner and CEO of CRAVE. “The stylish culture and people along with the exciting atmosphere of the development are a great match for CRAVE and we look forward to providing our guests with a memorable dining experience.”

CRAVE brings its fresh and innovative cuisine to the Coral Gables market, along with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic, yet casual atmosphere. CRAVE delivers an extensive menu at a value-driven price point, with items ranging from a full sushi bar and Certified Angus Beef steaks to fresh seafood, pastas, salads and fire-baked pizzas that are continually re-mastered using the freshest seasonal ingredients.

The 9,000-plus square-foot restaurant offers private and semi-private dining rooms, and a large adjacent outdoor patio that includes a full bar, outdoor dining and a lounge area, all of which are available for private parties, corporate meetings and other affairs; the restaurant is also available for buy outs.

CRAVE will offer an early and a late happy hour: Sunday – Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. and Sunday –Wednesday from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, patrons can enjoy music and entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to close.

In 2007, the Minneapolis-based restaurant chain opened its first location in Minnesota. Now with four locations in the state, CRAVE includes a location in Mall of America and a downtown restaurant that features one of Minneapolis’ largest rooftop patios. Over the past four years, CRAVE has grown to seven locations nationwide, including restaurants in Omaha, Neb., and Orlando, Fla., which both opened in 2010. CRAVE has seen tremendous success in these markets and hopes to replicate it in Coral Gables.

CRAVE fulfills the vision of a vibrant restaurant where the cuisine, service, atmosphere, energy and value are second to none. CRAVE offers fresh and innovative cuisine along with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic yet casual atmosphere. A grand sushi bar extends the dining experience, appealing to both traditional sushi lovers and adventurous epicureans. CRAVE has four Minnesota locations, with additional locations in Coral Gables and Orlando, Fla., and Omaha, Neb. At each location, patrons enjoy a familiar yet unforgettable dining experience. For more information, visit

Holiday Season:

This Holiday Season the CRAVE West End location in St. Louis Park celebrated Thanksgiving by offering free hot meals to those in need. Many of the CRAVE employees came with their own families to help with the event.


The idea is simple; we serve free, hot meals to the less fortunate people down on their luck. This was our 3rd year of hosting this event and it’s been remarkably successful. We served approximately 500 people. The personal reward of giving back to the community is immeasurable.

CRAVE has always been a longtime advocate of charities in the Twin Cities. The CRAVE Cares program has partnered up with a multitude of charities and it has been at the core of our mission from day one. We take pride in our natural propensity to give back to the community.


This video from the KSTP Channel 5 website does a good job capturing the atmosphere and the good will taking place on November 24th.  They wrote a nice piece about the event. Take a minute to read it if you can.


Here’s a quote from one of the people we served that day: “Me & my family just want to say God Bless you ALL & a most gracious sincerest gratitude to the CRAVE owners/staff/volunteers & those who participated in today’s Thanksgiving dinner @ West End! We were treated w/the utmost respect & most courteous service as if we were any other paying customers! We thank you so very much for the DELICIOUS Thanksgiving meal, and we will most def be returning as paying customers! May God Bless you all & your restaurant & staff/service receives 5 stars from the T***r family! We love you CRAVE!!! Happy Holidays!!!”

– T.J.

The MOA Event:

On Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 CRAVE Mall of America location hosted a TweetUp for as they launched their annual Give To The Max Day fundraiser. hosted the fundraiser from rotunda area at the Mall of America, so they were looking to partner with a restaurant inside the MOA to host the TweetUp. Considering that our CRAVE Cares Program highlights and supports local charities, it was obvious we’d make good partners.

We worked closely with Lisa Grimm from the Mall of America and Jeff Achen from GiveMN. They were both absolutely fantastic people who brought great energy and experience to the event. We had a signup on Eventbright that capped the event to 100 people. Our CRAVE MOA location provided the entire patio space, along with a free drink, free food, and a live Twitter feed on a big screen.

The Twitter Contest:

Throughout the evening we ran a Twitter contest that prompted the attendees to answer, reply or respond appropriately to our @CRAVEamerica Tweets every 15 minutes. We gave away some great prizes and numerous gift cards. We owe huge thanks to our Mall of America sponsors for donating some of these prizes, LUSH, AVEDA, and ORIGINS.

The People:

One of the best things that happens when hosting an event like this is the opportunity we have to get to know our fans and followers in person. It was a fantastic turnout and everyone was simply awesome. There were some @CRAVEamerica followers that were extra active and managed to win several items. Some of these loyal, and fantastic people include: @DanaWestern, @Amanda_l_b, @AlyWallberg, @rnikhanj, @PrincessSushi, @LyshyPop, @echristine, @SocialNicole, @FuzzyDuckTweets, @GirlScoutsRV, @MonicaBongart, and  @EyeAmLisa.

Thank you everyone for coming and showing your support for the’s Give To The Max Day.

The Stats:

The GiveMN website stats:

Grand Total: $13,559,630.00

Total # of donors: 47,538

– T.J.

Happy Holidays!

To kick off this holiday season the CRAVE, Sopranos, and Urban Eatery restaurants are all teaming up to offer everyone a spectacular deal! We’re excited to announce that for every $100 in Gift Cards that you buy from any one of our restaurants you receive an additional $60 in FREE bonus Gift Cards. This is being offered from November 1st through December 31st, 2011. You can order these online or onsite in any of the participating restaurants. The exact details of the Gift Card program can be found by clicking HERE. It’s the holiday season…the perfect time to come in and use this extra $60 to treat yourself to an amazing Godzilla Roll, or an extraordinary specialty drink like the Pomegranate Martini. Either way you cut it you can’t lose. You get an extra $60 to spend on the most delicious food and drink in the Twin Cities. Remember, this FREE Gift Card offer is only available until December 31st, 2011. So order ONLINE now or stop by one of these locations. Click here to learn more about Sopranos Kitchen and Urban Eatery. If you have any question regarding the promotion please feel free to contact us at – T.J.