Scusi set to open in two weeks

The Blue Plate Restaurant Company is about to give an amazing gift to the residents of Mac-Grove in St. Paul (where I also happen to live).  Sucsi, the new Italy meets Chicago meets Sicily meets San Francisco style restaurant and wine bar is in the final stages of staff preparation, which I have been involved in quite intimately.

The location is familiar to many: the old Heartland space that Lenny Russo carefully crafted into a culinary destination.  One of the decisions Lenny made was the expansion of his restaurant into a neighboring spot for Heartland Wine Bar.  This was one of the few true wine bars we have in the Twin Cities (more on that opinion in a future post).  However, the Scusi group (led by co-owner Luke Shimp) is taking the wine bar space to a new level with a twenty four bottle wine preservation system, which will allow fresh pours of expensive wines (they are opening up with Shafer Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass!).  In addition to this, any wines available through the new machine will be sold by the quarter liter or the half liter, in addition to full bottles.  The quality to price ratio is going to be incredible, and this will be a restaurant to watch over the next month.

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