David Burley

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Blue Plate backtracks, will no longer dip into servers' tips

    Citing feedback from guests and the community, Blue Plate Restaurant Company has announced it will no longer dip into servers' tips, a practice it began when Minnesota's first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade went into effect August 1.A press release announcing the move also announces that a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Coming soon: The Freehouse in the North Loop

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Blue Plate Company plans Loose-Wiles Freehouse brewpub in North Loop

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Red Cow now open near 50th and France: Here's a first look inside

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Red Cow restaurant moving in near 50th and France

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Top 15 places to eat with kids in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    City of Edina finally moving toward legalizing happy hour

    ​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 >>

  • Restaurants

    October 12, 2011

    The Lowry offers a new take on the urban diner

    Burgers, oysters, and whiskey complete the "man food" circle

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Bald is beautiful at Blue Plate: Chrome-domes eat free

    Bald pates = free plates​Blue 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.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Blue Plate Company's The Lowry breaks ground in Uptown

    Shimp inaugurates the new construction​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Highland Grill's Joan Ida: Chef Chat, part 1

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Which restaurant dishes will never come off the menu?

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    August 4, 2010

    The art of the menu and ordering good food

    Tips on making a great menu and avoiding buyer's remorse

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Scusi coming soon in St. Paul--serving wine in kegs

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    May 24, 2000