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If you know us at all, you know that Söntés is a community-focused restaurant. We know that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our guests, our neighbors in Rochester, and all of our amazing local farmers and artisan producers. That’s why we’ll take just about any chance we can to celebrate community and give back to it.

And what better time to do so than in just one week’s time, the night of the 2012 Presidential Election? On Tuesday November 6th, from 4pm to close, we’re pulling out all the stops and having a great electoral party.

Why, you ask? During the last Presidential Election in 2008, a lot of people just drifted in after voting. They got a drink or dinner, hung out, and listened to the election results roll in. Was everyone satisfied with the results of the election? No, because people of all political views joined one another at our bar. But was everyone happy with the evening? Absolutely! No matter that everyone had different viewpoints, we could all celebrate the same thing: our community.

Elections are at the core of our American communities. They’re how we have our say in the way our cities, states, and nation are governed. And that’s why voting is so crucial. To create community, you have to give back to it. It can be as much or as little as you like, but everyone has to give something to help us form the bonds that link us together as a society. So no matter what your political preferences, we urge you: vote!

And then drop by Söntés. If you bring your “I Voted” sticker, we’ll take 25% off your tab. If you voted early or from another state, just let us know—we’ll honor that, too!

We also look at this as a way for us to give back to our community. We’re putting in some televisions and media screens for the evening so that everyone can gather and watch the results as they’re totaled. (And don’t worry, there will also be some quiet spots available if you just want to have a nice Tuesday evening dinner without political overtones.) So come on over and join us in celebrating our communities—that of Rochester, of Minnesota, and of America. After all, an election like this only happens once every four years!