Here's one way you can avoid the notorious—and well-deserved—aeons-long wait for a table at Linden Hills' Tilia. Design them a t-shirt.
The eatery is offering a chef-prepared dinner for six to the person who can come up with the best t-shirt idea this side of Lake Harriet. The winning entry should "bring the Tilia goodness to life," wrote Nate Brennan, a spokesperson for the restaurant, in an email to Patch.
"The Tee Is For Tilia contest challenges design-talented fans and foodies to come up with a t-shirt design that suits the soul of its restaurant," he wrote.
Prospective artists need to submit their designs to owner Steven Brown via this link on Tilia's website by midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Once the winning design is picked, a limited run of shirts will be printed for any Tilia fan who wants one, with all the procedes going to the Linden Hills Farmers Market. The people behind the two second-best designs will each get a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant. There doesn't seem to be any guarantee about being able to skip the line for those folks, so make sure to work hard.
Full rules for the contest can be found at TiliaMpls.com.