According to this article in the Star Tribune (the link will eventually die, sorry), the the Burnsville Convention and Visitors Bureau is attempting to attract visitors from both Iowa and Canada as a destination that offers more than just an overpriced parking garage.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau mentions in the article that people should want to visit Burnsville for such exciting events as the arts and jazz festival in August, the “fantastic” skiing available at Buck Hill, and a “showy horse farm” (whatever the fuck that is). They have a newly redesigned website up, which is what the entire Star Trib article is an advertisement for, here. I suppose when you spend a quarter of your marketing budget on a website redesign, you want people to visit it. IMHO, they should have done some more research before going with Internet Exposure, Inc. A quick glance at Internet Exposure’s own website should have been enough to push them in an entirely different direction.
Anyway, I took a look at the Bureau’s website and found it to be informative enough although full of embellishments. Obviously the Burnsville Convention and Visitors Bureau has an interest in ensuring that the website attracts people but the claim that Burnsville offers 90 restaurants was a bit much for me to handle so I of course took the time to dissect the listing of restaurants so you don’t have to! First off, there are only 89 restaurants listed on their website. Of that 89 over 55 are chains (local and/or national), 18 are repeats (i.e. three different Starbucks), 1 is located in a grocery store and yet another is a grocery store, and finally (Stephano’s Bistro Continental — as it is named on their website) is arguably not even worth listing.
The best part of the Star Tribune article has to be the quote at the end from Tom Hansen who is Burnsville’s Chief of Operations:
Visit the website first, then visit Burnsville, you’ll like it.
Honestly, you’re better off skipping Burnsville, especially because of their unnecessary “Heart of the City” revitalization and drop straight into Minneapolis or St Paul. You’ll pay a bit more but you’ll spend less on the gas driving back and forth between the two. If you’re interested in mass transit, stop in Bloomington instead and enjoy the same (plus many many more) of the same restaurants, shopping areas and amenities that are offered in Burnsville while riding the LRT downtown.