Dec 9, 2011: Holiday Drinks: Temptation on the Rocks on Star Tribune
Flaming orange zest. Hot coffee. Absinthe. Whether you love or hate the holidays, these cold-weather cocktails (and their fanciful ingredients) should warm your spirit.
Sept 29, 2011: @Work: Stephanie Shimp’s Full Plate on Vita.mn
Stephanie Shimp was barely into her 20s when she and David Burley opened the Highland Grill in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood.
September 23, 2011: “THE LOWRY” on Vita.mn
For its Uptown debut, the Lowry, the Blue Plate folks take their drinks to the next level.
If there were an award for best use of a former Hollywood Video location, the Lowry would win hands down.
OK, back to reality. I like the Blue Plate Restaurant Co. (which owns the Lowry). Mostly because I know what to expect every time I set foot in one of its restaurants. The Longfellow Grill, Highland Grill, Edina Grill — these are neighborhood diners with an affinity for hearty comfort food and good beer. Simple, reliable.
May 13 2011: “Blue Plate Company’s The Lowry breaks ground in Uptown” on Citypages.com
Good times are ahead for the defunct Hollywood Video building on Hennepin. We chatted with Shimp at the groundbreaking of the Lowry, where she revealed the new look, the opening schedule, the new head chef, and when they’ll start hiring.
April 12, 2011: “The LOWRY” on Heavy Table.com
Blue Plate’s foray into Uptown has a name: The Lowry. Company VP Stephanie Shimp said the new bar and restaurant would stick to the breakfast-lunch-dinner template of its siblings (Edina Grill, Highland Grill, Groveland Tap et al) but add a few twists like the keg wine of Scusi and an Uptown schedule.