MINNEAPOLIS (March 27, 2013) – United Properties announces that Blue Plate Restaurant Company has signed a lease at its Loose-Wiles building at 701 Washington Ave. N. in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. The 9,000-sq.-ft. restaurant will be called Loose-Wiles Freehouse and open September 2013.

This location for Blue Plate Restaurant Company – its eighth restaurant in the Twin Cities – will occupy the first-floor annex of the former biscuit bakery. Loose-Wiles Freehouse will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature an on-site brewery. With its first floor location, the restaurant will incorporate the brewhouse into the design and also feature outdoor dining.

“This location has a hip, urban appeal with a perfect mix of downtown professionals and artists alike,” said Stephanie Shimp, partner, Blue Plate Restaurant Company. “The North Loop is becoming ‘restaurant-row’ for foodies.”

Jim Montez and Sonja Dusil, Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq, represented building owner United Properties. Blue Plate Restaurant Company was represented by Jeff Herman, Urban Anthology, Inc.

Once a commercial bakery and home of the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company (later Sunshine Biscuits), the 120,000-sq.-ft. building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

United Properties purchased the historic building in July 2012 and is renaming it Loose-Wiles. Currently, the building has 80,000 sq. ft. available for lease.

About Blue Plate Restaurant Company
In 1993, founding partners David Burley and Stephanie Shimp opened their first neighborhood restaurant. Since then, Blue Plate Restaurant Company has opened a total of seven locations: Highland Grill, Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill, Groveland Tap, 3 Squares, Scusi and The Lowry. More at blueplaterestaurantco.com.

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About United Properties

United Properties has been creating deep roots in the commercial real estate industry for more than 100 years. The company imagines new possibilities in real estate to help enrich communities and create lasting legacies. United Properties provides market expertise for ground-up development, redevelopment and acquisitions of value-add and stable investments. The company invests in and develops office, industrial, retail, mixed-use and senior housing properties. United Properties is owned by the Pohlad Companies and is headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Denver and Austin, Texas.



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