As founder of Shea, Inc., David Shea has played an influential role in the development of major architectural designs and creation of concepts and brands throughout the country and abroad. During the past 36 years, the Minneapolis-based Shea, Inc. has grown into a national design and marketing firm that specializes in creating successful consumer environments using brand development, architecture, interior design, marketing and graphics. Shea’s work specializes in the areas of hospitality, retail and office, and his team is behind the design of several Twin Cities restaurants, including Brasserie Zentral (pictured above), Butcher and the Boar and Union.
Ah food, glorious food. No, not a flashback to the musical “Oliver,” but the best way to wind down the year as I look forward to a new one. Of course I mean toasting New Year’s Eve with a unique and memorable dinner at one of the newest hot spots in town, Spoon and Stable.
Many a good idea for a restaurant, craft brewery or other foodservice-related business has languished because of lack of funding. Kickstarter and other donations-based campaigns are used with mixed results. However, prospective project backers wanting more than a free meal or free daily beverage are out of luck.
That could change thanks to a push to make needed state law changes to allow more equity crowdfunding opportunities in Minnesota. Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL–Minnetonka) and Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL–Inver Grove Heights) are lead authors on proposed legislation to allow equity crowdfunding here. The proposal will be introduced when the 2015 Minnesota Legislature convenes in January.
Cochon 555 is bringing its prestigious and pork-centric culinary competition to Minneapolis for the first time and local chefs are getting involved. Launched in 2009 by Brady Lowe, Cochon 555 aims to promote sustainable heritage pig breed diversity and whole animal utilization.
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