ReGrow Dining Spotlight
Elizabeth Lawin , Owner
Elizabeth Lawin immediately fell in love with the 19th century building on Washington Avenue. She loved the look and history of the brick building. She had a vision: she wanted to recreate the original look and old-time White Bear community feel. Her vision for a modern, yet traditional feeling; comfortable, yet beautiful space was a labor of love she feels she has accomplished.
“We wanted an atmosphere where guests want to come here on special occasions yet feel casual and comfortable, a place that feels welcoming and special”, says Lawin. Mission accomplished, as many of their patrons frequent the restaurant several times a week and give the food and atmosphere high marks. General manager Dan Brown makes sure all guests feel special.
The food and drink menus are created with that feel in mind as well. Elizabeth describes the food as “Midwestern Modern”. Chef Peter Christenson has created Traditional Minnesota style dishes that Midwesterners like, elevated with quality ingredients and unique preparations. The team is proud of their commitment to partnering with local farmers and growers whenever possible. The top seller is Cracker-Crusted Walleye with Wild Rice and Mushrooms. Another signature dish is Korean Sticky Ribs. Bar Manager Clay LeMere developed a Craft Cocktail and Beer program that focuses heavily on local and regional breweries and suppliers. Cocktails are made from scratch and the menu changes with the seasons.
Brickhouse pivoted to Social Media and Online programs early in the COVID crisis and have developed a successful Take Out program via their web site: www.brickhousemn.com. Their daily Social Media specials have been a hit, especially their “Meatless Mondays”! Seeing the enormous appetite for outdoor dining Elizabeth has already started plans to expand their beautiful and homey rooftop deck. The new space will be ready next spring. The restaurant is open seven days a week.
This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.