Fundraising Effort Helps “Lift Up” Lincoln Park During The Pandemic

More than 250 cookbooks have already been sold.

DULUTH, Minn – During this tough time, business owners are looking to bring hope back to Lincoln Park.

Just a few weeks ago, life was different for Tom Hanson, the owner of OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Grill and many other Lincoln Park businesses.

Things have changed drastically due to Covid-19, which caused bars and restaurants to close to help prevent the spread of the virus.

He was also forced to lay off more than 200 employees.

“We were having the best year we ever had about two days before the time we had to shut down and we’ve turned it into fighting for our lives to stay open,” said Hanson.

Unfortunately, dozens of Lincoln Park businesses are also facing the same reality.

Hanson is now taking the initiative to help lift up Lincoln Park.

He will be collaborating with the Co-owner of Duluth’s Best Bread to create an OMC Smokehouse Cookbook.

The goal is to give people an opportunity to plant the seed for the future of neighborhood.

“Lincoln Park will be back. You’ll say I was part of that. I was part of bringing that back,” said Robert Lillegard, co-owner of Duluth’s Best Bread.

The cookbook will reveal the secrets behind all of their best recipes including drinks and popular dishes.

Money raised from book sales will go towards helping fund businesses in Lincoln Park.

Hanson is also asking people to consider making an additional donation to this effort.

$15 of that contribution will be transferred to gift cards for donors to use at their favorite Lincoln Park business.

The priority is to sell more than 3,000 cookbooks to help these neighborhood businesses survive this pandemic.

Cookbooks are scheduled to be available by September.

Click here to purchase a cookbook or make a donation.

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