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The Freehouse

The Freehouse
Photo by Katherine Harris
0214_Freehouse_portrait.jpg Volstead Act
Check out Andrew Volstead’s portrait at The Freehouse—it’s fashioned from beer caps.

It seems that all the elements are aligned for hotness. The neighborhood is the ultra-cool North Loop, the building is a refurbished warehouse, and the goal is to serve freshly brewed beer with modern pub food. The Freehouse isn’t the first dance for the Blue Plate Restaurant Company, owners of seven other spots including Edina Grill, but it is the first time the group has brewed its own beer or built a space of this size, never mind the grain silo outside. Staying true to its urban diner roots, it opens at 6:30 am for breakfast, then flows into late night with a menu that’s a tad more ambitious than Blue Plate’s other locations: lobster toad in the hole, pork rillettes, bison tartare, Kentucky fried rabbit. Like Prohibition-lovin’ Mr. Volstead, this place could be a game changer.

701 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-7011,