Common Roots is a values-driven business. We’ve accomplished much in the last 10 years.
We always strive to run a business that matches our values and serves as a community resource.
Good food. no compromises
Since first opening in 2007, we have made everything from scratch with as many local and organic ingredients as possible. For us it’s never been a fad or a marketing ploy — it’s always been an unwavering commitment. If we can buy it local or organic, we will. We update our menu seasonally and are always searching out the best ingredients available.
All of our meat purchases are local and grass-fed, free range, and/or organic. All our milk is local and organic, and the cheeses we use are almost all local and most are organic.
To hold ourselves accountable, we track all sourcing numbers by dollars spent. Every month we provide customers updated sourcing numbers.
In 2009, we transformed two completely paved over "yards" into a vibrant cafe garden. Today, the .07 acre space contains over 10 garden beds, growing a variety of produce, from asparagus to squash.
[Page banner photo credit: Featherstone Farm].
supporting our community
Our private meeting room is available for events of all kinds. It seats approximately 20 people. Find out more.
We support causes that involve our local community, or focus on farming and food access. Request a food, beverage, or gift card donation.
We believe in supporting other local businesses. We make as many purchases as possible from other local businesses -- you won’t see any national distributors like US Foods or Sysco ever delivering to us. We are members of MetroIBA (Independent Business Alliance) and are actively involved in helping them build the Buy Local movement.
We also believe it’s important to stand up on public policy issues. We played a lead role in support of Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis and support other policies that are good for business and good for our local economy.
We are proud members of the Main Street Alliance of Minnesota, a group of progressive business leaders.
fair wages. no tips
We have adjusted our prices to guarantee all staff a fair wage and benefits, without added tips. We believe it’s our job as employers to price fair wages in, even if that’s not the norm in our industry.
Now, the real cost of paying all our employees a fair and decent wage plus benefits is built into the price of the meal you eat.
All employees at Common Roots are paid at least $15 per hour with benefits including paid time off and a retirement contribution match. Employees averaging 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health insurance benefits.
All our food waste is composted. Since opening in 2007, we've diverted hundreds of thousands of pounds of waste from landfills. All of our to-go serviceware is compostable.
The interior of our restaurant was designed using as many sustainable materials as possible, from reclaimed barnwood flooring and table tops to our counter made of recycled cardboard to salvaged materials used throughout, including lighting, windows, patio planters and more.
We operate in an energy efficient way, with a high efficiency hood system, water heater, and more. Our lighting is almost entirely LED.
hate has no business here
As small business owners, we see our restaurant as a community gathering place. We felt that we could not remain silent while xenophobic, hate-filled rhetoric that has entered the mainstream. We put up a sign to make it clear to Muslims, immigrants and refugees in our community that they are welcome in our place of business and that we stand by their side and that hate has no business here.
We encourage customers who are interested in helping to support our local immigrant community to sign up to volunteer.