Welcome to Tiny Diner

The Tiny Diner and Farm is a small place with big ideas. We believe it’s the little things that count, so we’re creating menus with as many local foods as we can, including the stuff we grow ourselves.
Every month we pay tribute to diner towns across the USA, exploring different ways to use our Midwestern bounty.We’re producing energy with our patio roof/solar array, increasing urban soil fertility, and creating a natural habitat for pollinators and urban wildlife in what’s basically our own backyard.

We’re partnering with the Permaculture Institute-Cold Climate to present skill shares and permaculture design classes, and working a plot on Minnesota’s first organic farm, Garden Farme in Anoka County.The Tiny Diner showcases biointensive urban farming methods and efficient water use strategies through its edible gardens and rain water catchments systems. In partnership with the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate and Master Water Stewards of the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, visitors can see and read about small-scale installations like an edible perennial garden and rain water catchment techniques.

From its hardscape to its landscape, this Diner was designed to provide a renovated example of whole system design: low impact, educational, and tangibly tasty.

Recent blog posts

So We Are A Little Weird

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one: Travel + Leisure magazine featured us in their March 2015 “So You’re A Little Weird: the 20 Quirkiest Cities in America,” among fellow weirdos Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; and 16 others. We’ve got no bones about it, especially since their Twin Cities description included us alongside…

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Learn Where Your Energy Comes From on March 16

Our March Movie Monday Nights began with a bang – but we’re just getting started. On March 2, we screened the “Know Your Food” short film series by PBS, and audience members discussed the real cost of cheap food, among other important themes, after viewing the films (and munching on popcorn, provided by us). The next Monday, attendees learned about…

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Call for vendors and musicians: Tiny Diner Farmers’ Market 2015

Calling veggie/fruit/craft vendors in and around the Twin Cities! The Tiny Diner restaurant, located at 1024 E. 38th Street south Minneapolis, will be hosting its 2015 Farmers’ Market every Thursday evening from 5pm-8pm beginning June 25th. This will be the Market’s second season and we are hoping to fill every spot! We are looking for 10 produce vendors (fresh and…

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Work at Tiny Diner

Download the Tiny Diner job application (PDF), fill it out and turn it in.