It's a familiar address off a quiet section of St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul's Mac Groveland neighborhood that is almost ready to re-open to the public as a new neighborhood eatery. Bottle Rocket has taken the place of Scusi, but stayed under the same ownership of the Blue Plate restaurant group. Blue Plate's owners Stephanie Shimp and David Burley have built a reputation on reading a neighborhood's needs and delivering exactly the kind of eatery its neighbors desire. Other restaurants include Highland Grill, nearby Groveland Tap and downtown's new Mercury Dining Room and Rail, which recently had Star Tribune's critic raving about a "boffo" chicken sandwich.
The company's newest neighborhood eatery will have a full bar and familiar, comforting dishes "with a twist" as Blue Plate is wont to do. Staff is now being trained and the eatery will open to the public on Tuesday February 14 at 1806 St. Clair Avenue.