Itasca County restaurants give back with Dining United

ITASCA COUNTY — Now through November 19, restaurants are teaming up with United Way in the Dining United program to improve lives in local communities. Throughout October and November, community members wanting to make a difference can eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of several participating restaurants. United Way’s 2020 Dining United partners have pledged a portion of proceeds toward this year’s Stronger United campaign, which benefits over 24 local programs working to address the health, education, and basic needs of families and individuals in the greater Itasca area.

2020 marks the eighth year of Dining United, and this year will emphasize takeout options in addition to the more traditional dining in. “It’s a good time to shine a light on the local restaurants that have been so supportive of our community,” says United Way of 1000 Lakes Executive Director Kim Brink Smith. “It’s been a difficult year, and right now we need to do everything we can to support each other.”

The following restaurants (all in Grand Rapids) are participating in Dining United events:

• Culver’s—1775 S. Pokegama Ave., 218-
999-0774. Drive-thru for United Way:
Round up your total or leave a donation
October 16 and 23.
• Dairy Queen—1940 Pokegama Ave. S.,
218-326-3366. Will donate $1 of each Blizzard on Sunday October 18.
• Forest Lake Lounge & Downstairs Steakhouse— 1201 4th St. NW, 218-326-3423.
Will donate $1 of every appetizer order
Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays through
November 19.
• Hotel Rapids—680 Hwy. 2, 218-326-
3458. Will donate $2 of every crepe order
Saturdays and Sundays through October.
• Pickled Loon Saloon—20184 Hwy. 169,
218-301-0485. Will donate $1 of every

featured menu item (signature shrimp appetizer, pork belly mac and cheese, Asian
chicken wrap) through November 19.
• Rapids Brewing Co—214 N. Pokegama
Ave., 218-390-8664. Will donate $1 from
three-pack crowler sales and two percent
of food orders through November 19.
• Timberlake Restaurant—144 17th St. SE,
218-326-2600. Will donate $1 per glass of
wine in October.
• UnWined Up North—31 NE 3rd St., 218-
999-9234. Will donate $1 of every entree
order Tuesdays and Wednesdays through
November 19.
• Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake—32946
Crystal Springs Rd., 218-326-1006. Will
donate 10 percent of all food, beverage,
and clothing sales.

Dining United is one of many activities taking place throughout the year in support of United Way’s Stronger United campaign, through which United Way supports programs that help families and individuals in the Itasca area meet their basic needs, achieve financial stability and independence, meet educational goals, and live healthy lives. United Way encourages everyone to play a role in improving the community, whether through giving, advocating, volunteering, or any combination of the three. To give generously or to learn more about United Way’s work, visit or text LAKES to 26989.

Restaurants and other businesses looking to get involved, whether through Dining United, United Way’s Small Business 365 partnership, or other events and initiatives, can call 218-999-7570 or email to get started.

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