If you need assistance, please call 612-636-6350

Burgers, Beers, and Booze: Red Cow Opens in the North Loop February 10

Monday, February 9, 2015   /   by Jason Stockwell

Burgers, Beers, and Booze: Red Cow Opens in the North Loop February 10

The hiss of disdain among the talented, if sometimes egotistical chef is a familiar one: "All anyone wants to do is eat burgers. Sigh." The genius of the savvy restaurateur is perhaps less familiar: Give people what they want. Luke Shimp, formerly of Blue Plate (The Lowry, Highland Grill, Scuzi, et. al.) and now of the North Loop Red Cow and two others (at 50th and France and Cathedral Hill) seems to be simply checking boxes on a now well-familiar formula: burgers, beer, and mixology. And he's added one more: wine.

The Burgers

Fifteen iterations using the top grade of certified Angus beef, but sometimes also with bison, with turkey, with ahi tuna and with lamb. You like caramelized onion? You like cheddar? Oh, you like your cheddar white? You like fig, peanut butter, candied bacon, and root beer pulled pork -- hey, they got all that stuff. Pile it on, sister. Wait, what? You don't even like burgers? Well, have a poutine, have a wing, have some cheesecurds or some chimichangas, have a Cubano! But if eating animals gives you the willies, don't look north: 50 actual meat hooks dangle from the rafters.

The Beer

48 on tap. You know the drill: If you like it, they probably have it. Six TV screens surround the bar area for watching whilst sipping.

The Cocktails

One must have a "kick ass" mixology program if one is to prosper as a proper neighborhood hang, says Shimp, so they've got one. He tapped Ian Lowther, former spirits specialist for Solera and Far North Spirits to head things up. You want a Sex on the Beach? Screw that! Have Sex on Tap! But not just that, we spotted a bartender fixing a proper whiskey sour with Old Granddad, citrus, and an egg white.

The Wine

Move over, beer. Shimp, who is a passionate oeneophile, says he's committed to serving wine the way vintners would have him do so: 42 to 45 degrees fahrenheit for whites, 58 to 64 for reds, and not at all oxidized. He's installed a state of the art preservation system to ensure just that, with 30 available by the glass, priced between $6 and $25 apiece. "My goal is to have a wine for everyone."

The Space

Lipstick red, Holstein wallpapered, and meat-hook raftered. While Shimp took care to point out design details he likens to an old school tavern meets new school whimsy -- tin ceilings, exposed natural wood, a cork wall, reclaimed wine barrels -- what we took away was: moo.

The front wall is entirely glass encased, which will reveal a spacious patio for warm weather revelry, and bonus, you'll be able to escape the image of a hanging carcass.

The Service

Shimp says it's easy: "Just be nice."

Red Cow 
Opens February 10
208 1st Ave N., Minneapolis
612-238-0050

ReMax Results Team Stockwell
Jason Stockwell
5201 Eden Ave. Ste. 100
Edina, MN 55436
612-636-6350

The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker ReciprocitySM Program of the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Lakes Area Realty are marked with the Broker ReciprocitySM logo or the Broker ReciprocitySM thumbnail logo (a little black house) and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers.” Listing broker has attempted to offer accurate data, but buyers are advised to confirm all items.” Copyright2020Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. All rights reserved. Data last updated September 28, 2020
The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker ReciprocitySM Program of the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. Real Estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Jason Stockwell - Team Stockwell / ReMax Results are marked with the Broker ReciprocitySM logo or the Broker ReciprocitySM thumbnail logo (a little black house) and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers.” Listing broker has attempted to offer accurate data, but buyers are advised to confirm all items.” Copyright2020Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. All rights reserved. Data last updated September 28, 2020
This site powered by CINC: www.cincpro.com