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Scott Neal began work as Edina City Manager in 2010. Prior to joining the City staff, he served as City Manager of Eden Prairie since 2002. He has also held the positions of City Administrator for the communities of Northfield, Minn.; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and Norris, Tenn. Neal was the first City Manager in Minnesota, and one of the first in the country, to share his experiences and observations in city government in a blog and has traveled internationally to speak about his experiences with leadership blogging. Follow Scott Neal on Twitter. @edinacityman

Edina Heritage: Convention Grill

Scott Neal, May 2, 2012 | Posted in Scott Neal

There it is.  The Convention Grill, 3912 Sunnyside Road in beautiful Edina, Minnesota USA.  The City Council honored the Convention Grill at their meeting last night with the 2012 Edina Heritage Award.  Someone has been serving and eating lunch from the Convention Grill for over 40 years.  It is a well known landmark in the Twin Cities, and has a number of nice reviews on Trip Advisor.




That’s Nick Santrizos at the podium in the City Council Chambers last night. Nick is a resident of suburban Washington DC.  He traveled to Edina this week to be present at last night’s recognition event.  Nick is the son of the original owners of the Convention Grill, Peter & Christina Santrizos.  That’s Nick’s nephew, also named Nick Santrizos, off to the side.  Nick is a resident of Edina.  Behind Nick is Tony Rimarcik, son of John Rimarcik, the current owner of Convention Grill.




That’s Tony Rimarcik again, and to Tony’s side is Shawn Schmitz.  Shawn is the manager of Convention Grill.  I had lunch at Convention Grill today and talked to Shawn a bit about the experience last night.  She said she was nervous to appear before the Council, but that everyone involved felt really good about being honored with the award, and for being recognized as being a notable part of Edina’s history.



I really like the Convention Grill.  It’s one of my favorite lunch spots.  A cheeseburger with American cheese, half an order of fries and half a honey malt is it for me.  If I could only take a nap in the afternoon after that lunch, life would be really good.

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