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From the time you walk through the doors, you know that you are in for a different type of dining experience. When owner Chris Bradshaw and partner Allen Aldridge opened the first Blue Plate restaurant on November 9, 2004, they decided to offer a menu with a variety wide enough to satisfy any sized appetite, tastefully prepared in the true Southern Tradition.
After 11 years of co-owning eating establishments in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery, Chris, decided to return to his hometown of Dothan to do what he does best…bring family and friends together around the table to enjoy food and hospitality found only in the south.
The spirited atmosphere offers diners a chance to unwind. Servers are prompt and food is plentiful. It is nice to know that with today’s fast-paced and busy lifestyle, there is a place where families can gather around the table, catch up with each other and friends, while enjoying great southern cooking. Whether dining in or taking advantage of the take-out menu, The Blue Plate is sure to provide a memorable dining experience.
Thank you to our customers who have been gracious and in supporting us. We look forward to seeing and serving you at either of our locations, on the south side of town on Ross Clark Circle connected to Sports Outfitters, or on the west side of town on West Main Street next to Adventure Land.
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David Burley and Stephanie Shimp. Two servers working together at The Nicollet Island Inn during the 1990s honed their skills in one of the Twin Cities premier restaurant/hotels. After work – cocktails fueled the ideas for what became the Highland Grill.
They formed a simple business plan and in 1993 the duo opened the Highland Grill. What was previously an ice cream shop became the start of the neighborhood’s “second kitchen.” Initially working alone, (with a bit of free help from family) David and Stephanie began to develop a loyal following of neighbors, regulars and foodies that liked what they had going on.
With each year becoming busier than the last, David and Stephanie felt like they were on to something. It was time to grow.
WHERE WE ARE TODAY
Staying on the east side of town, they purchased Groveland Tap. Not long after, building on the comfort food with a twist, Blue Plate Restaurant Company opened their third location in Edina. The Edina Grill was born out of the same concept; a neighborhood grill that offered great comfort food with warm hospitality.
Over the last few years the growth has continued. Longfellow Grill was opened in February of 2005 to strong reviews. In September 2006 Edina Grill relocated around the corner at 50th and France, doubling in size and adding on a full bar. Our fifth restaurant 3 Squares opened in May of 2008 in Maple Grove, bringing our neighborhood grill to the northwest portion of the Twin Cities. Scusi, the small plate Italian concept is in the Mac-Grove neighborhood of St. Paul – just across the street from Groveland Tap. The Lowry opened August 2011 in Uptown as the new urban diner. The newest addition to the Blue Plate family, The Freehouse, will be launching in December of 2013.