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Charlie’s Minneapolis Club brings the nostalgia

Charlie’s Exceptionale was one of downtown’s most storied restaurants, opening in 1933 with a potato salad to die for. The ivy-covered Minneapolis Club has stood proudly downtown since 1883, bringing a historic grandness to the city. And now, the two Minneapolis stalwarts have merged, at Charlie’s Minneapolis Club, a Shea-designed restaurant nodding to the institution […]

Curated by Shea: April

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news so that you don’t have to—and we pull what’s smartest and most forward-thinking together to save you the time of sifting through it all. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make […]

Shea clients stack the Star Tribune’s list of Iconic Twin Cities Dishes

In a spectacular feature of not-to-be-missed Twin Cities dishes and products, the Star Tribune has stacked the list with Shea clients. The rundown is all about the  iconic plates that must be experienced, from perfectly crispy basil wings at Khaluna and Lat 14 to the Yum Yum bowls at World Street Kitchen; from classic French […]

Curated by Shea: March

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news so that you don’t have to—and we pull what’s smartest and most forward-thinking together to save you the time of sifting through it all. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make […]

Shea Design Director speaks on space management in Restaurant Development + Design

As restaurateurs continue to rethink their restaurant layouts, space planning is more important than ever. Shea Design Director Cori Kuechenmeister was recently featured in Restaurant Development + Design, giving her expert opinion on the need for a continued focus on the overall customer experience–from keeping a space energetic with multiple dining zones to keeping patrons […]

Chef Jorge Guzman of Shea-designed Petite Leon scores James Beard nomination

The official nominee list for the prestigious James Beard Awards has been released, and it’s another feather in Shea’s cap. Chef Jorge Guzman has received his third nomination in the Best Chef Midwest category, this time for his stellar work at Shea-designed Petite Leon. The restaurant’s story is a classic comeback, with Chef Guzman working […]

Ann Ahmed named a North Notable by Artful Living

In the Spring 2022 issue, Artful Living is honoring the North Notables changing the scene in the Twin Cities–and the feature kicks off with Shea friend and partner Ann Ahmed, chef of acclaimed restaurants Lat 14 Asian Eatery in Golden Valley and Minneapolis’ Khaluna (both Shea designs), as well as Lemon Grass Thai in Brooklyn […]

Shea partners with the Minneapolis Club to bring a new restaurant concept to life

News on Shea’s partnership in the Minneapolis Club revamp broke last summer, and the 140-year-old, ivy-covered club’s newest dining experience (designed in partnership with owner Jeff Arundel) is set to open in April. Charlie’s Minneapolis Club pays homage to French culinary trends and the origins of fine dining in Minneapolis–partly by drawing in lauded Chef […]

Shea to help Famous Dave’s pizza dreams come true

Shea is teaming up again with longtime partners Dave Anderson (of Famous Dave’s… fame) and restaurateur Steve Schussler to make their pizza dreams come true at Dave and Steve’s Big Dreams Pizza in St. Louis Park. The transformation of the Galaxy Drive-In will be no small feat, but will result in a fun parlor serving […]

Khaluna gets a three-star nod from the Star Tribune

Since its October opening, Khaluna has been the toughest reservation in town–no wonder, thanks to Chef Ann Ahmed’s beautiful Southeast Asian plates and the Shea-designed space that makes the most of indoor/outdoor vibes and evokes a beachside getaway. The restaurant received a noteworthy three stars for the stellar dishes and totally transporting experience. Read the […]

Shea to design standout moments at new Momento

Downtown St. Paul stalwart Pazzaluna is getting a whole new vibe. Shea has partnered with Morrissey Hospitality to revamp the space to encompass three concepts including 104-seat Momento, focusing on wood-fired dishes. The Pioneer Press dishes on the soon-to-come restaurant, which will boast neighborhood vibes and a sidewalk patio to go with playful, Italian-inspired food. […]

Shea-designed spots to watch for from MSP magazine

The next year is full of promise for local restaurants. MSP has broken down some of the most-anticipated restaurants of the year (including the next iteration of Butcher and the Boar, designed by Shea), as well as recently opened spots still deserving of attention, including Khaluna and EaTo. See the full list here.

Curated by Shea: February

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news so that you don’t have to—and we pull what’s smartest and most forward-thinking together to save you the time of sifting through it all. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make […]

All-day eateries Yum! and The Copperfield score raves from the Pioneer Press

Shea’s been keeping the East Metro in good eats with two major all-day dining openings in the past several months: The Copperfield, a fresh take on the neighborhood restaurant in Mendota Heights, and Yum! Kitchen & Bakery in St. Paul, a third location for the beloved bakery and restaurant. The Pioneer Press visits both, raving […]

Petite Leon’s Jorge Guzman scores a James Beard semifinalist nomination

The James Beard Award semifinalist list, which honors chefs and restaurants representing excellence in the United States, has been released, and a big congratulations is due to Chef Jorge Guzman of Petite Leon. His third semifinalist nod in the Best Chef: Midwest category, this is the first at Shea-designed Kingfield restaurant Petite Leon. For all […]

Northeast Mexican spot Centro to expand with two Shea-designed locations

Beloved Northeast taco-and-margarita spot Centro is set to grow, with two new locations on the horizon. The first will open for business with a Shea design at the former Wedge building on Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis–and the Shea rendering teases multiple dining experiences in addition to expanded space for a commissary kitchen, and a […]

Shea introduces Associate Program with 2021 class
Front row, from left: Breana Detzler, Cori Kuechenmeister, Jordan Brookens, Heather Sorensen, Peter Moe Back row, from left: Nick Windschitl, Jason Dvorak, Kate Laszewski, Erica Freeman, Kimberly Aune, Mara Westerhaus, Jason Stiefel Shea is proud to announce the introduction of our Associate Program with our class of 2021 inductees, a group of Shea-ites from all [...]
Shea-designed Preston Spire called out as a Cool Office

The latest Cool Offices column in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal notes Preston Spire as the hippest new one around–and it boasts a Shea design. The Mill District office features 12,000 square feet of exposed brick, biophilia, and bold energy in keeping with the revamped brand’s idea-focused ethos, and is the true epitome of the […]

MSP magazine praises Khaluna’s exquisite food and getaway vibes

MSP magazine’s review is in, and Khaluna is the place to escape the cold, the drudge, the rigors of everyday life–with a killer cocktail and a Southeast Asian plate in front of you. With praise for both the vacation-esque experience and the stunning food, the story dives into Chef Ann Ahmed’s personal history and her […]

Shea announces 2021 promotions
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