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20 Fabulous Twin Cities Brunches to Make Any Weekend Better

Frosting topped pancakes, pork belly burgers, biscuits and gravy and plenty of cocktails

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Hope Breakfast bar pulls out all the stops with its pancake toppings with everything from peanut butter frosting to long-simmered fruit syrups
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Brunch looks a lot different in a world where athleisure is the uniform and social distance is a way of life, but that doesn’t mean brunch is gone. It just looks a little different. There are plenty of local places still offering those decadent weekend meals with piles of buttery biscuits, stacks of pancakes, and killer cocktail set ups.

A number of Minneapolis restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Minnesota Health Department. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saint Genevieve

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5003 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 353-4843
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This intimate French bistro from chef Steven Brown serves a stunning omlette on its focused and elegant brunch menu. There’s also a gorgeous wine list with something bubbly waiting to be sipped with friends. Make a reservation for dining in for Sunday brunch.

2. The Lynhall

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2640 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-2640
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The Lynhall offers brunch both Saturday and Sunday in its original Lyn/Lake location and the newer Edina spot. The brunch menu with shashouka, fresh baked pastries, and eggs any which way, is available in the dining room, outside when weather permits, or for takeaway.

3. Victor's 1959 Cafe

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3756 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 827-8948
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This classic restaurant has been serving Cuban favorites and classics for more than twenty years. Order eggs, those perfect black beans, slow-cooked ropa vieja, and a cafe con leche to go at the little sliding glass window out front. For now, all food is served for takeaway only. But, it’s only a few blocks to the lake for an early morning picnic.

The vibrant exterior of Victor’s is filled with tropical colors and flowers on a sunny summer day
Victor’s 1959 patio
Victor’s 1959 Cafe [Official]

4. Sun Street Breads

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4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 354-3414
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This bright and sunny bakery and cafe in South Minneapolis has built a reputation on fantastic breakfast biscuits. Go hearty with the biscuits smothered in gravy and add in a few sweet treats for later. Available for dine in or order online for takeout.

5. Icehouse

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2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 276-6523
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The beloved brunch is back at this restaurant/bar/music venue on Eat Street. Grab a table inside or out in the courtyard for giant bloody marys and hearty portions of biscuits and gravy, sure to banish any evils from the night before. Brunch is served starting at 10 am Saturday and Sunday.

6. SOUL BOWL

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520 N 4th St Suite 202
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 567-7044
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Before Soul Bowl was a popular stand inside the new Graze food hall, it was a fantastic pop-up that served soulful brunch paired with killer music. Chef/owner Gerard Klass continues the tradition with hearty breakfast mixes of waffles, fried chicken, plantains and so much more. Order on Sunday only. Soul Bowl is closed on Saturdays. Graze is open with upstairs patio dining, in person, or for takeawy.

A white bowl filled with charred jerk chicken pieces, slices of golden plantains, and garnished with slices of green onions
Jerk chicken and sweet plantains
John Yuccas

7. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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Those fluffy masa cakes are a beautiful canvas for slow stewed meats, beans, crumbles of cheese, plenty of bright sauces, and sometimes an egg. These South American flavors are idea in the cooler months and the bar selection is always packed with day brighteners. Dine in, takeaway, and patio seating are all available.

Syrup is drizzled over fried chicken, an egg, and greens at Hola Arepa
Bright flavors at affordable prices
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8. Hell's Kitchen Inc.

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-4700
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Now employee-owned, this downtown Minneapolis icon has just returned to serving those lemon ricotta pancakes, sausage bread, and all the classics. Order online for curbside pick up. Or, try and snag one of the few remaining seats for its weekend in purgatory pop-up.

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Hell has just returned
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9. Alma

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528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
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The cafe from James Beard Award winning chef Alex Roberts, is an extension of the locally-sourced, beautifully made food found at the restaurant. That means a tomato, egg, and cheese on a biscuit is all one could ever want in a breakfast sandwich. Plus, there are the pastries. And then there are the pastries: twirls of laminated dough, shiny fruit tucked into little galettes, and cookies. There are also coffee treats and a world-class wine list. Order online ahead for curbside pick up.

A table inside Alma with cookies and pastries
Heavenly pastries, savory goodies, and that world-class wine list
Restaurant Ama

10. Hazel's Northeast

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2859 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-4778
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There aren’t enough chicken fried steaks around the Twin Cities, but the one at Hazel’s might just be all we need. The breakfast menu is hearty and befitting our new elastic-pants-led reality. Don’t miss the giant buttermilk pancakes. Order for takeaway or dine in.

11. Hi-Lo Diner

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4020 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 353-6568
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This shiny vintage diner is taking online orders for pick up. Known for Hi-Tops, a doughnut sort of sweet/savory situation filled with decadence, there are also breakfast classics available. Try a potato chip fritatta or simple eggs your-way. Add in a cocktail set up as well with mimosa, bloody Mary or Old Fashioned cocktail kits, as well. Eat inside the sleek diner car or order for takeout.

A doughnut topped with frosting and a scoop of ice cream
Hi-Tops are available to go
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12. Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

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272 Snelling Ave S Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 300-1503
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Pie for breakfast is entirely acceptable and this little St. Paul restaurant knows that. Order it alongside twisty cinnamon rolls or a perfect breakfast sandwich on a biscuit for a weekend pick-me-up. Biscuits and gravy fans know this is the a serious contender for best in the city. Dine in, takeout and delivery are all available.

A hand holds a white plate with a biscuit breakfast sandwich on it, Criss crossed slices of bacon jut out from the edges, and oozy American cheese drips over the edges.
Biscuits and pie for breakfast
Rebecca Slater

13. Colossal Cafe

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1340 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 414-0543
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Giant caramel rolls, hearty flappers given a good yeasty rise, and all the comforts of a weekend right on Grand Avenue. There are also take and bake options, including cinnamon rolls, that can be ordered in advance. Colossal Cafe is open for dine in and takeaway.

Giant pancakes topped with slices of brie
The famous flappers with brie
Colossal Cafe [Official]

14. The Gnome Craft Pub

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498 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 219-4233
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The Gnome opened up in Saint Paul’s Cathedral Hill with a serious patio contender for one of the best warm-weather seats in the Twin Cities. Stop by to snag one of the coveted spots outside, or take a seat inside for the big, old hearty brunch menu. There’s a popover with savory marrow butter, a giant burger topped with pork belly, house-made biscuits topped with just about everything, and a cinnamon roll the size of a dinner plate.

15. Handsome Hog

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173 Western Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 219-4013
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Slide into Justin Sutherland’s Handsome Hog on the weekend for a brunch menu that doesn’t skimp on the smoke, or spice. The chicken and waffles are a standout take on the dish with fluffy crisp waffles topped with crispy juicy fried chicken in a zesty batter, drizzled with spiced maple syrup. Make a reservation ahead for dining inside or on the patio (when the weather cooperates.)

16. Hope Breakfast Bar

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1 S Leech St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 330-8996
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Hope believes that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. That’s why this all day breakfast serving restaurant uses cake batter and frosting with the pancakes, and generous portions mean it’s hard to leave here hungry. Dining is available inside, or on the closed down street out front. Before heading in, know that this spot is very popular during peak hours. Call ahead to get on the list.

17. Parlour St. Paul

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267 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 207-4433
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Parlour’s burger is the stuff of legend, but the rest of the menu is worth exploring, especially around brunch. Grab an American-style breakfast plate to-go along with a slice of banana bread or French silk pie. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday dine in, takeout, or delivery.

A skinny burger on a buttery bun with white cheese
A Parlour burger is an entirely appropriate first-meal-of-the-day food
Joy Summers

18. The Buttered Tin

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237 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-2300
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This Lowertown restaurant has been a hit from day one with modern takes on all the best breakfast classics like bendicts, pancakes, and baked goods. Order online for take away or dine-in, or grab one of the coveted sidewalk patio seats.

A slice of lemon and strawberry cake with thick layers of fruit-studded butter cream sits on a small white plate with a fork ready to cut into it. A black cup with The Buttered tin logo sits beside it on a small table.
Start with cake. Ease into savory. This is just one of the reasons brunch is the best time of day.
Joy Summers

19. Saint Dinette

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261 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 800-1415
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Brunch is finally back at Saint Dinette with chef/owner Adam Eaton’s refined takes on familiar comfort dishes like beignets heaped with powdered sugar, silky hollandaise blanketed eggs Benedict, and the clever breakfast cocktails. Inside dining is available by reservation. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday.

20. Tongue in Cheek

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989 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 888-6148
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Start brunch on Saturday or Sunday at Tongue in Cheek on the Eastside with the homemade bloody Mary, that’s spiked with zingy horseradish and twangy tomato juice. Then ease into food with a cold-smoked salmon benedict and a table waffle. That’s a fluffy waffle drenched in butter and syrup cut to be split amongst your table mates.

1. Saint Genevieve

5003 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

This intimate French bistro from chef Steven Brown serves a stunning omlette on its focused and elegant brunch menu. There’s also a gorgeous wine list with something bubbly waiting to be sipped with friends. Make a reservation for dining in for Sunday brunch.

5003 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. The Lynhall

2640 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The Lynhall offers brunch both Saturday and Sunday in its original Lyn/Lake location and the newer Edina spot. The brunch menu with shashouka, fresh baked pastries, and eggs any which way, is available in the dining room, outside when weather permits, or for takeaway.

2640 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Victor's 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The vibrant exterior of Victor’s is filled with tropical colors and flowers on a sunny summer day
Victor’s 1959 patio
Victor’s 1959 Cafe [Official]

This classic restaurant has been serving Cuban favorites and classics for more than twenty years. Order eggs, those perfect black beans, slow-cooked ropa vieja, and a cafe con leche to go at the little sliding glass window out front. For now, all food is served for takeaway only. But, it’s only a few blocks to the lake for an early morning picnic.

3756 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

4. Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

This bright and sunny bakery and cafe in South Minneapolis has built a reputation on fantastic breakfast biscuits. Go hearty with the biscuits smothered in gravy and add in a few sweet treats for later. Available for dine in or order online for takeout.

4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419

5. Icehouse

2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The beloved brunch is back at this restaurant/bar/music venue on Eat Street. Grab a table inside or out in the courtyard for giant bloody marys and hearty portions of biscuits and gravy, sure to banish any evils from the night before. Brunch is served starting at 10 am Saturday and Sunday.

2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

6. SOUL BOWL

520 N 4th St Suite 202, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A white bowl filled with charred jerk chicken pieces, slices of golden plantains, and garnished with slices of green onions
Jerk chicken and sweet plantains
John Yuccas

Before Soul Bowl was a popular stand inside the new Graze food hall, it was a fantastic pop-up that served soulful brunch paired with killer music. Chef/owner Gerard Klass continues the tradition with hearty breakfast mixes of waffles, fried chicken, plantains and so much more. Order on Sunday only. Soul Bowl is closed on Saturdays. Graze is open with upstairs patio dining, in person, or for takeawy.

520 N 4th St Suite 202
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Syrup is drizzled over fried chicken, an egg, and greens at Hola Arepa
Bright flavors at affordable prices
Hola Arepa/Facebook

Those fluffy masa cakes are a beautiful canvas for slow stewed meats, beans, crumbles of cheese, plenty of bright sauces, and sometimes an egg. These South American flavors are idea in the cooler months and the bar selection is always packed with day brighteners. Dine in, takeaway, and patio seating are all available.

3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

8. Hell's Kitchen Inc.

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Hell has just returned
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

Now employee-owned, this downtown Minneapolis icon has just returned to serving those lemon ricotta pancakes, sausage bread, and all the classics. Order online for curbside pick up. Or, try and snag one of the few remaining seats for its weekend in purgatory pop-up.

80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

9. Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A table inside Alma with cookies and pastries
Heavenly pastries, savory goodies, and that world-class wine list
Restaurant Ama

The cafe from James Beard Award winning chef Alex Roberts, is an extension of the locally-sourced, beautifully made food found at the restaurant. That means a tomato, egg, and cheese on a biscuit is all one could ever want in a breakfast sandwich. Plus, there are the pastries. And then there are the pastries: twirls of laminated dough, shiny fruit tucked into little galettes, and cookies. There are also coffee treats and a world-class wine list. Order online ahead for curbside pick up.

528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. Hazel's Northeast

2859 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

There aren’t enough chicken fried steaks around the Twin Cities, but the one at Hazel’s might just be all we need. The breakfast menu is hearty and befitting our new elastic-pants-led reality. Don’t miss the giant buttermilk pancakes. Order for takeaway or dine in.

2859 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

11. Hi-Lo Diner

4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
A doughnut topped with frosting and a scoop of ice cream
Hi-Tops are available to go
Hi-Lo Diner Facebook page

This shiny vintage diner is taking online orders for pick up. Known for Hi-Tops, a doughnut sort of sweet/savory situation filled with decadence, there are also breakfast classics available. Try a potato chip fritatta or simple eggs your-way. Add in a cocktail set up as well with mimosa, bloody Mary or Old Fashioned cocktail kits, as well. Eat inside the sleek diner car or order for takeout.

4020 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

12. Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

272 Snelling Ave S Suite 100, St Paul, MN 55105
A hand holds a white plate with a biscuit breakfast sandwich on it, Criss crossed slices of bacon jut out from the edges, and oozy American cheese drips over the edges.
Biscuits and pie for breakfast
Rebecca Slater

Pie for breakfast is entirely acceptable and this little St. Paul restaurant knows that. Order it alongside twisty cinnamon rolls or a perfect breakfast sandwich on a biscuit for a weekend pick-me-up. Biscuits and gravy fans know this is the a serious contender for best in the city. Dine in, takeout and delivery are all available.

272 Snelling Ave S Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55105

13. Colossal Cafe

1340 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Giant pancakes topped with slices of brie
The famous flappers with brie
Colossal Cafe [Official]

Giant caramel rolls, hearty flappers given a good yeasty rise, and all the comforts of a weekend right on Grand Avenue. There are also take and bake options, including cinnamon rolls, that can be ordered in advance. Colossal Cafe is open for dine in and takeaway.

1340 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

14. The Gnome Craft Pub

498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

The Gnome opened up in Saint Paul’s Cathedral Hill with a serious patio contender for one of the best warm-weather seats in the Twin Cities. Stop by to snag one of the coveted spots outside, or take a seat inside for the big, old hearty brunch menu. There’s a popover with savory marrow butter, a giant burger topped with pork belly, house-made biscuits topped with just about everything, and a cinnamon roll the size of a dinner plate.

498 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

15. Handsome Hog

173 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102

Slide into Justin Sutherland’s Handsome Hog on the weekend for a brunch menu that doesn’t skimp on the smoke, or spice. The chicken and waffles are a standout take on the dish with fluffy crisp waffles topped with crispy juicy fried chicken in a zesty batter, drizzled with spiced maple syrup. Make a reservation ahead for dining inside or on the patio (when the weather cooperates.)

173 Western Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102

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16. Hope Breakfast Bar

1 S Leech St, St Paul, MN 55102

Hope believes that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. That’s why this all day breakfast serving restaurant uses cake batter and frosting with the pancakes, and generous portions mean it’s hard to leave here hungry. Dining is available inside, or on the closed down street out front. Before heading in, know that this spot is very popular during peak hours. Call ahead to get on the list.

1 S Leech St
St Paul, MN 55102

17. Parlour St. Paul

267 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
A skinny burger on a buttery bun with white cheese
A Parlour burger is an entirely appropriate first-meal-of-the-day food
Joy Summers

Parlour’s burger is the stuff of legend, but the rest of the menu is worth exploring, especially around brunch. Grab an American-style breakfast plate to-go along with a slice of banana bread or French silk pie. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday dine in, takeout, or delivery.

267 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

18. The Buttered Tin

237 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
A slice of lemon and strawberry cake with thick layers of fruit-studded butter cream sits on a small white plate with a fork ready to cut into it. A black cup with The Buttered tin logo sits beside it on a small table.
Start with cake. Ease into savory. This is just one of the reasons brunch is the best time of day.
Joy Summers

This Lowertown restaurant has been a hit from day one with modern takes on all the best breakfast classics like bendicts, pancakes, and baked goods. Order online for take away or dine-in, or grab one of the coveted sidewalk patio seats.

237 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

19. Saint Dinette

261 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Brunch is finally back at Saint Dinette with chef/owner Adam Eaton’s refined takes on familiar comfort dishes like beignets heaped with powdered sugar, silky hollandaise blanketed eggs Benedict, and the clever breakfast cocktails. Inside dining is available by reservation. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday.

261 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

20. Tongue in Cheek

989 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Start brunch on Saturday or Sunday at Tongue in Cheek on the Eastside with the homemade bloody Mary, that’s spiked with zingy horseradish and twangy tomato juice. Then ease into food with a cold-smoked salmon benedict and a table waffle. That’s a fluffy waffle drenched in butter and syrup cut to be split amongst your table mates.

989 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

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