The emergency room staff at the University of Minnesota’s U Health Fairview were surprised with a local lunch treat courtesy of superstar Lizzo. The singer called Minneapolis home for years and her restaurant choice was deeply local. Iron Ranger on Grand Avenue specializes in dishes from up north like porketta, poticia, and pasties.
The hospital staff tweeted out their gratitude along with more suggestions for how people can help these workers on the frontlines of the pandemic, including donations of homemade masks, gloves, thermometers, and more.
Iron Ranger first opened on Grand Avenue in 2018 from Tom Forti, who is originally from the range town of Hibbing. Forti’s extended family also owns and operates Sunrise Bakery, which is where the restaurant sources its potica - a thin layered bread stuffed with nuts, honey, and spice. Like many restaurants during the pandemic, Iron Ranger has been offering curbside pick up of some of the restaurant’s greatest hits dishes.
That moment when you’re working the ER and @Lizzo surprises you by sending over some lunch! ❤️— M Health Fairview (@MHealthFairview) March 30, 2020
If anyone else wants to help our valiant workers during this #COVID19 crisis, here’s a list of what you can do ➡️https://t.co/ejQ8n1UUjA #homegirl #thankyou #healthcareworkers pic.twitter.com/RAqN2GVhc7
Lizzo stormed the charts and dominated pop culture after the release of her third studio album, Cause I Love You. She’s been buying lunch for hospital staffs all over the country including in Detroit, Ohio, and San Diego.