Red Cow restaurant coming to 50th & France

A restaurant focused on gourmet burgers, craft beer and wine by-the-glass is coming to the former Blockbuster building at 3624 W. 50th St.

Red Cow owner Luke Shimp said he wanted to take wine service a bit further, so he is installing a preservation system that holds wine at cellar temperature and shields it from oxygen exposure. Red Cow will feature 32 wines by-the-glass that start at $6 and go up to $30-$35, giving patrons a chance to sample high-end bottles that can be re-corked and fully preserved for weeks in the cellar. Red wine will be served at the precise optimal temperature — 62 degrees.

“People can try really fun wines they wouldn’t buy for their homes, because they would be too expensive,” Shimp said. “The wines we are choosing are primarily American, and they pair really well with the gourmet burgers.”

Aside from burgers of all kinds, the menu will offer salads, sandwiches, a few entrées, and appetizers like charcuterie and cheese curds.

The renovation underway will feature rustic woods, polished concrete floors, lipstick-red booths and patches of tin ceiling, aiming for an atmosphere both classic and modern.

Shimp previously worked as co-owner of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company, which operates the Edina Grill. Before entering the restaurant business, he worked for several years as lead mechanic on NASCAR racing teams.

“It’s exciting to be launching a new brand,” he said. “We’re trying to create a really strong neighborhood feel. This is something that all of Fulton and the surrounding neighbors can call their own.”

The restaurant opening is targeted for late February or early March.