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Shea Links: June

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community: “The Restaurant […]

Shea named one of the Twin Cities’ top architecture firms

2020 was a difficult year across all industries, but Shea is proud to announce that we’ve been again named one of the year’s top architectural firms in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal! We’re in excellent company, and have the deepest gratitude to the friends, partners, and clients who have made our […]

Making a Comeback: A Resource Guide to Downtown Minneapolis and North Loop Restaurants

The last year has been a trying one, not only for restaurants, but for downtown districts as a whole. We’ve pulled together a list of friends and clients in the North Loop and Downtown Minneapolis who are reopening for indoor dining, making their patios the place to be, and constantly expanding their business hours. It’s […]

Shea Links: May

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community: “What Will […]

Petite Leon shines in South Minneapolis

It took a lot of nerve and ambition to open a new eatery in 2020, and those are things that Chef Jorge Guzman has in spades–and it’s paying off at Petite Leon, the Kingfield corner restaurant that’s officially moved from takeout-only to in-house dining. Eater stopped by to taste the food and rave about the […]

Vivir scores raves as a great shift of 2020

In a year full of ups and downs, the Twin Cities can agree that Vivir is one of the bright spots in the pandemic. The Northeast Minneapolis transformation of former fine-dining Mexican spot Popol Vuh is a light, bright space and concept, with a market of fun finds and food breathing new life into the […]

Shea Principal spills on second-generation restaurant sites

As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurateurs are looking to expand their empires by taking on spaces vacated by former eateries. Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding sat down with Foodservice News to talk about second-generation restaurant spaces–their pros and cons, what to look for, and what to be wary of. Read the full […]

Shea Links: May

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community: “Pushing the […]

Eater takes a Sidebar at Surdyk’s tour

After a winter-induced hiatus, Sidebar at Surdyk’s is back with aplomb in Northeast Minneapolis. The Surdyk family re-opened the doors last weekend, and Eater snuck in to take a tour of the midcentury-inspired, Shea-designed space. With its sparkling blue-tiled, copper-topped bar and custom booths, sconces, and wallcoverings, the space truly glows through the glass garage […]

Shea design director speaks on future restaurant design

As we look towards the future of design at Shea and lead industry conversations about what’s next, we’re also taking what we’ve learned from the last year of “pandemic design,” figuring out what will stick and what were temporary fixes. Shea Design Director Cori Kuechenmeister spoke with Minnesota Monthly about the future of design and […]

Sidebar at Surdyk’s gets a grand reopening for spring

Spring has arrived with aplomb, and the restaurant reopenings are aplenty–starting with Sidebar at Surdyk’s, the new Northeast spot that made waves last fall. With a new chef, menu, and a patio waiting for you, Sidebar will reopen on April 23 to show off the Surdyk’s history and talented new Chef Randall Prudden’s chops. The […]

Shea Links: April

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community: “Evolutions in […]

Smack Shack to open Shea-designed Bloomington location

Smack Shack, the Twin Cities’ beloved lobster-centric seafood spot, is set to open a Bloomington location with a Shea design. The new restaurant, just off 494, will have 344 seats and an expansive patio, and is expected to be open by summer. The Star Tribune scoops on the new space. Get the story from the […]

AxeBridge Wine Co. open in the North Loop

North Loop’s first urban winery is coming to town with a grand opening this weekend, and the city is hyped. From Aaron and Ashley Schram of Schram Vineyard & Brewery in Waconia, AxeBridge brings winemaking to Minneapolis, emphasizing local grape growers in a Shea-designed, industrial-inspired space that’s warm, with barrel-lined walls, seating nooks, and a […]

Shea Links: March

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community: “The (Near) […]

Shea-designed Josefina set to open in Wayzata

There’s something fresh coming to Wayzata this week, and everyone’s buzzing. Josefina, the Roman-centric Italian spot from beloved Twin Cities chef Daniel del Prado, is opening its takeout window (Fina) this week to serve up pizza and snacks, with plans for the main dining space to open later with its full menu. MSP gets a […]

Shea Links: March

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community: “Front of […]

AxeBridge Wine Co. opens March 27 with a Shea design

Minneapolis’ first urban winery is set to open at the end of the month in the North Loop, and everyone is ready to grab a glass. The full-production winery and tasting room, designed by Shea, will feature artisan wines on tap made with Minnesota-grown grapes, and will bring something completely new to the city. Bring […]

Menu and Name Details for Ann Ahmed’s Third Restaurant, Khâluna

Chef/Owner Ann Ahmed’s third restaurant is really getting underway in South Minneapolis–the Star Tribune has the dish on Khâluna, a Lao word meaning “to please,” a name close to Chef Ann’s heart and embodies the kind of compassion and hospitality that the restaurant will bring to guests. New menu details for the Shea-designed restaurant are […]

Shea-designed StormKing Brewpub & BBQ is North Loop-bound

There’s a storm brewing in the North Loop–the much-lauded StormKing BBQ is coming back to the Twin Cities after a few-year hiatus, and it’ll have a new face as Storm King Brewpub & BBQ, in a partnership with Rapid Brewing Co. With the same operations team (that also owns the acclaimed Black Sheep Pizza) and […]

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