HI-LO Diner Arrives to Longfellow

Owners of Blue Door Pub and Forage Modern Workshop’s new concept

Minneapolis, MN: James Brown and Mike Smith of Forage Modern Workshop and Brownsmith Restoration, along with Pat McDonough and Jeremy Woerner of The Blue Door Pub to open Hi-Lo Diner in a restored 1950’s diner, late 2015. Hi-Lo diner will be taking the place of a vacant Taco Bell across the street from Forage Modern Workshop that has not been in operation for over eight years.

“James and I have literally had our eye on this [old Taco Bell] site since we purchased the building across the street 4 years ago. When we found out about the possibility of renovating a vintage diner and having it moved to this location, it was a no-brainer. We’ve been friends with Jeremy and Pat [of the Blue door] for a few years and we were elated when they decided to join us and help put together this concept. We really feel like it will enhance the Minneapolis food scene and bring continued and deserved attention to the Longfellow neighborhood in which all four of us are very invested in”. – Mike Smith

Originally named the Venus Diner, which was located in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, this iconic 1955 Fodero Diner will be completely restored and placed on site at 4020 East Lake Street. 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be involved with such an iconic symbol of Americana, and we’re working overtime to ensure that the menu will be as stunning, yet as utilitarian, as the diner itself.” – Jeremy Woerner

• Original 1955 Fodero Diner, completely restored
• Will serve classic, American diner food using good and thoughtful ingredients
• Full Bar with classics like Bloody Mary’s Mimosas, etc. 
• Also a small menu of specialty cocktails and adult malts
• Owned and Operated by James Brown and Mike Smith of Forage Modern Workshop and Brownsmith Restoration and Pat McDonough and Jeremy Woerner of The Blue Door Pub.
• Opening late 2015

About the Owner/Operaters: The Blue Door Pub serves creative burgers, wings, and more from a scratch kitchen and serves craft beer in an inviting family environment. Brownsmith Restoration is a full service general contractor and period design company. Forage Modern Workshop is a furniture and home goods store offering goods for the modern lifestyle.