Blue Plate planning North Loop restaurant/brewery

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February 27, 2013 // UPDATED 9:48 am - February 28, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Blue Plate Restaurant Company is planning to open a restaurant and brewery in the former HGA office building at 701 Washington Ave. N. 

The company plans to renovate a street-level space in the building for a 200-seat restaurant, said Dave Decker, co-chair of the North Loop Neighborhood Association's Planning and Zoning Committee, at the neighborhood group's board meeting tonight.

Blue Plate is behind several other popular Twin Cities restaurants, including the Edina Grill, Highland Grill, Groveland Tap, the Longfellow Grill, Three Squares Restaurant, The Lowry and Scusi. 

The company is still refining the concept for the North Loop restaurant, but at this point, there are plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be an outdoor dining area, too. 

The restaurant would be near two other new dining hot spots in the neighborhood — the Smack Shack at 6th & Washington and the Borough/Parlour at 730 Washington Ave. N.