After being open only slightly longer than it was closed for renovations, Highland Park’s Bottle Rocket restaurant shuttered permanently on Friday. The restaurant was a rare misstep for Blue Plate Company that operated it. The company also owns several neighborhood eateries including the nearby Groveland Tap. Most of their restaurants are Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill and Highland Grill, serving middle-range priced American food to neighborhoods.
Bottle Rocket was located in what was once Scusi, an Italian place run by the company. After closing down and re-opening, the causal spot was split with a bar on one side of the restaurant and sit-down dining space situated on the other. The awkward set up is due to the kitchen being located between the two rooms.
A spokesperson for Blue Plate told the Pioneer Press, “We have determined that Bottle Rocket is best suited for a fast-casual concept.”