Brainerd Lakes Chamber President Talks Cuisine Cash, Restrictions Lifting
(BRAINERD, MN) — With Governor Walz announcing the lifting of some restrictions on businesses this week, we spoke with Brainerd Lakes Chamber President Matt Kilian to hear about what to expect for local businesses in the coming weeks as they reopen.
Kilian started by recapping the chamber’s Cuisine Cash program, which ran from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The result of the program was a resounding success: Kilian said that they anticipated raising $10,000-20,000, but ended up with over $170,000.
The success of Cuisine Cash proved to be the first of the good news for businesses to start 2021, as shutdowns are expected to end next week in limited fashion. Kilian began explaining the procedure for reopenings with what to expect for bars and restaurants.
The other business category expected to reopen is that of indoor event venues, such as bowling alleys and movie theaters. Kilian talked about what to expect from those as well.
When asked about how early conversations with business owners about the reopenings have gone, Killian said there is a sense of relief, but that these businesses will need to be supported.
Finally, Kilian looked ahead to the coming months and discussed some of the events that the Brainerd Lakes Chamber is planning on having.
We thank Matt Kilian for his time. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber Website can be found here, and our full interview with Kilian can be found below.