The newest venture from the Blue Plate Company is just about ready to open their doors in the North Loop. The Freehouse (formerly Loose-Wiles Freehouse), was initially slated to open this week, however, now owners have said next Monday, December 12 will be the big day. (Really, this time.)See a ... More >>
North Loop is fast becoming the hippest ticket in town. The Blue Plate Company is known for reading just what a neighborhood needs in a casual restaurant spot. This fall, the two will come together. We spoke with co-owner Stephanie Shimp and have all the hoppy details about their plans.
The site was once a video rental store, but it's set to be neighborhood hangout at the Minneapolis edge of Edina. The new Red Cow restaurant has been beautifully redone with buttery cream-colored walls mixed with cherry-red booths and dark wood accents. The owner, Luke Shimp, knows a thing or three ... More >>
Luke Shimp is no stranger to converting former video rental stores into hopping restaurant locations. While part of the Blue Plate Company with sister Stephanie Shimp and David Burley, Luke helped transform the former Hollywood Video near Franklin and Hennepin into the Lowry. Now, on his ... More >>
For parents who love good food, finding a restaurant that they and their kids will enjoy is like finding gold. The criteria can be formidable: The atmosphere should be fairly casual and noise-tolerant, so kids and adults can relax; the menu should offer simple and familiar food for kids but sophis ... More >>
There's never been a better time to be a drinker. It's become almost mandatory for every new restaurant of a certain price point to employ a master mixologist behind the bar. These days you can't swing a shaker without smacking over a few bottles of handmade bitters. While the craft cocktail movemen ... More >>
Twenty years after restaurants with on-sale liquor licenses were first allowed to open in the city, Edina is finally moving toward legalizing happy hours.What sorts of wacky policy innovations will council members in the land of 50th & France and the Galleria think of next?KSTP reports that t ... More >>
Burgers, oysters, and whiskey complete the "man food" circle
Bald pates = free platesBlue Plate Restaurant Company is hosting its third annual Bald and Free Day on Friday, October 14. In part a celebration of owner David Burley's own hair-free head, the area restaurants will allow fellow baldies to enjoy an entree of $15 or less at no cost to them.
Shimp inaugurates the new constructionIt's depressing to look at the shell of an old video store, because it reminds you of a bygone technology, which reminds you of your own mortality, which sucks. Someday Stephanie Shimp, marketing VP and founder (with David Burley) of the Blue Plate Restau ... More >>
Lisa GulyaExecutive Chef Joan Ida at Highland Grill, St. Paul For years, chef Joan Ida has worked in the kitchen of local fine-dining restaurants, from Goodfellow's to Triä to Porter & Frye. (Asked when she started at Goodfellow's, her first gig, Ida replies, "That would put an age on me an ... More >>
Eric HansonThese dishes aren't going anywhere...While talking with several restaurant folks for this week's Dish column about menus, I came across several stories about dishes that staff would never dare remove from the menu. For example, Richard D'Amico, a partner in the D'Amico restaurant ... More >>
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The new Blue Plate special? Italian fare.The Blue Plate restaurant group, long known for its neighborhood grills serving turkey burgers and beer-battered green beans--Highland Grill, Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill, etc.--has a new Italian concept in the works for the St. Paul space recently va ... More >>