Blue Plate's North Loop restaurant will be called Loose-Wiles Freehouse

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March 27, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Blue Plate Restaurant Company is naming its North Loop restaurant Loose-Wiles Freehouse — a tribute to a biscuit bakery that once operated in the restaurant's future home.

The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will open in September at 701 Washington Ave. N., according to a news release sent out today by United Properties.

Blue Plate has signed a lease with United Properties for a first-floor space in the historic Loose-Wiles building. The property still has 80,000 square feet of space available for lease.

The Loose-Wiles Freehouse will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner and have an on-site brewery. It will also have outdoor dining.

Stephanie Shimp, a Blue Plate partner, said the neighborhood is becoming "restaurant row for foodies."

"This location has a hip, urban appeal with a perfect mix of downtown professionals and artists alike," she said.

Once open, the restaurant will be Blue Plate's eighth restaurant in the Twin Cities. It will be near two other new dining hot spots on Washington — the Smack Shack and the Borough/Parlour. 

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