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St. Paul Roundup




St. Paul Roundup

A former café and bakery near Randolph and Snelling avenues has become Poke House and Tea Bar, offering a wide range of beverages and several options for poke. Pronounced POH-keh, the name for the raw food dishes comes from the Hawaiian word for slice or cut. The Poke House and Tea Bar space was long occupied by Patisserie, a small bakery and café which closed last year.

Also in Highland, Cleveland Wok and Quixotic Coffee are cleaning up after a mid-February fire. Most of the damage was confined to Cleveland Wok, a longtime restaurant space that was previously Willow Gate.

Hospitality changes continue near the Allianz Field MLS Soccer stadium in Midway. Liquor and entrainment licenses have been granted for the stadium itself. The former Hot Rod’s Bar & Grill, now Gibson’s Booze Food and Fun, has been granted a license. Midway Saloon was poised for its liquor and entertainment licenses, after our deadline. With a restaurant eyed for a planned six-story mixed-use building just west of the stadium site and Red Bowl seeking licenses for a restaurant in the Project for Pride in Living mixed-use building at Hamline and Snelling avenues, lots of changes are coming to the area.

Two University Avenue restaurants in Frogtown have closed their doors, at least temporarily. Mi Case Su Case, the Mexican-Filipino spot in Little Mekong, closed February 9. The restaurant opened in June 2018. Husband-wife co-owners Juvelyn and Saul Mellado have announced that they are closing their doors to pull back and restructure their business. The Mellados have indicated they still plan to be active in the food industry and the community.

Yum Yum Brownies in Frogtown closed to make needed building improvements. The youth-run business has made a big splash with its baked goods including brownies, cake jars and tacos, and is still offering delivery while work is being done. 

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