The Blue Plate Restaurant Company has announced that Scusi in St. Paul will close at the end of service on Saturday. The neighborhood Italian eatery opened in 2010, in what was the original Heartland space, serving family-style plates of pasta and wine on tap.
BUT, the space won't stay dark for long. Due to the recent loosening of grip on St. Paul's liquor laws, the spot will now be able to sport a full liquor license. Blue Plate intends to close Scusi, and then rejigger the space to open as a new concept. "We're going to revamp the bar area, and move some things around to make some kitchen bar seating and open the place up a bit," co-owner Stephanie Shimp told me. "We're moving away from Italian and closer to what we do best in our other restaurants." Not that Scusi wasn't loved, I have a friend in that area who is very sad at the news.
The new name and concept will be announced in mid-April, but they can say that they will be adding lunch and weekend breakfast along with the full bar. All of the Scusi employees have been relocated throughout the Blue Plate family, so Saturday night should be bittersweet for neighborhood fans. Look for the new concept to open sometime in June.