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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Chef Brian Ingram to speak before US House Subcommittee on Crime

Twin Cities chef and restaurateur Brian Ingram is in Washington, DC this week to testify before the US House of Representatives subcommittee on crime and how it has affected his businesses and employees.

Ingram, the owner of Hope Breakfast Bar, The Gnome and the up-and-coming downtown St. Paul supper club The Apostle, has been vocal about the impact that crime – particularly the seven burglaries of his restaurants and offices – has on him and on his employees. has had an impact.

The Subcommittee on Inspection and Investigation is holding a hearing titled “Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough: How Mass Shootings Damage Communities, Local Economies and Economic Development,” which begins at 1 p.m. on July 19.

Ingram said he agreed to invitations from Rep. Tom Emmer, R-2 District, and President Maxine Waters, D-California, on the condition that he didn’t have to choose a political side.

“I told him that if I could just tell the story, I’d love to be a part of it,” Ingram said.

Ingram said that beyond stealing his businesses, he has seen staff members have their car keys, and eventually the car, taken from the restaurant’s break room by brazen burglars who walk in doorways in broad daylight. Huh. Personally, he said, he drove out of downtown St. Paul when a man shot a gun in the air in front of him and his newborn son.

In addition, Seventh Street Truck Park, a restaurant he started but is no longer involved in, suffered a mass shooting one last time.

“For me it’s not a Republican or Democrat thing,” Ingram said. “Crime is really hurting our cities, from robberies to attacks on employees as they go home after a long day.”

Ingram said that despite the difficulties, he remains committed to opening and operating restaurants in cities. But right now, he will not keep them open after 10 pm for the safety of his employees.

Ingram said he believes in police reform, but also in law and order, and doesn’t think the two things are mutually exclusive.

“A man robbed us, got released from prison within 24 hours and robbed us again a few weeks later,” he said. “He has been arrested 30 or 40 times. If you’re a career offender, you have to stay off. These people have no fear and become bold and bold. Because there are no consequences.”

Ingram said he is afraid to offer his stories in exchange for the hope of change.

“It’s scary stuff to talk about,” he said. “But if our community is going to be around for the long haul, we need to do something about it.”

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