David Fhima

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Kids Like Us: Life gets weird

    Rappers Eli Fhima and Sam Wayne were friends many years before they created Kids Like Us, adding classmate Lizzie Fontaine as their third member and vocalist. In fourth grade, they were the sound technicians for their elementary school play. In eighth grade, Wayne's family moved to Florida so his fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Rare Steak & Sushi replaces Zahtar in the Grand Hotel

    Rare Steak & SushiThe name has changed, but the menu's similar. ​The new owners of the Grand Hotel have been making a few changes, including recently upgrading the lobby lounge to the Six15 Room. As of a few weeks ago, management said that the upstairs Zahtar restaurant would be staying the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Faces bakery, Wayzata High team up for better school lunches

    Michelle LeonFaces bakery offers students pizza, bread, and other favorites​Complaining about school lunches is a time-honored student tradition, but it's a lot harder for the students at Wayzata High this year. The school is teaming up with entrepreneur Kyle Hale and executive chef David Fhim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call, 2010

    The first new restaurant of 2011 opened January 1, a Fridley outpost of the Himalayan Restaurant.​When one restaurant closes...another two or three seem to immediately replace it. In 2010, we lost several eateries that we'll dearly miss, as well as a few we probably won't. Here's a rundown of ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Restaurant closings of 2010--some we'll miss, others we won't

    May these restaurants Roast In Peace.​This past year saw the closure of many restaurants we'll miss--and others we won't. We've compiled both lists here: Most Regrettable Restaurant Closings of 2010 • Pak Zam Zam We'll miss the chapli kabab, chicken biryani, and the best dal in town. • Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The Herb Box to replace Fhima's Zahtar in Eden Prairie

    Jana FreibandFhima's days with Zahtar are over.​After restaurateur David Fhima transitioned out of his partnership with the Life Time athletic clubs to concentrate on Faces, Life Time has closed one of his Zahtar restaurants in its Eden Prairie Club. The downtown Minneapolis Zahtar continues t ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 20, 2010

    Marrakech Moroccan Cafe: North African comfort-food

    restaurant spices up Central Avenue

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    St. Paul Pop! gone to the great hereafter

    Pop! fizzles out​The recently shuttered St. Paul Pop! location will be permanently closed, according to the Pioneer Press . The restaurant occupied the corner of Sixth and Wabasha for two years in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood, following the demise of its predecessor, Fhima's--another restaura ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 1, 2010

    Faces Mears Park updates American classics

    David Fhima returns with new Lowertown restaurant

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Faces Mears Park: Take the tour

    Michelle Leon​As another restaurant settles into Lowertown, a renaissance is taking place in the once desolate dining landscape. In the spot that was formerly home to LoTo, David Fhima brings updated American cuisine with a focus on local farm-fresh food to the scene. Fhima's scope is wide, as Fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon July '10

    ​ OPEN FACES, St. Paul (David Fhima reboots LoTo) Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, Minneapolis I Love This Bar & Grill (Toby Keith's deal), St. Louis Park Depot at First Avenue, Minneapolis D'Amico's PARMA 8200, Bloomington Sauce Pizza & Wine, St. Louis Park Mango Tango, Brooklyn Center

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon June '10

    ​ OPEN Haute Dish, Minneapolis Aster Cafe (under new management, Matty O'Reilly of 318 Cafe), Minneapolis Nonna Rosa's, Robbinsdale CLOSED Cooqi, Minneapolis Rizzo's (aka Il Vesco Vino), St. Paul Porky's Northeast, Minneapolis

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    FACES by David Fhima: Coming Soon

    ​As reliably as the sun rises and sets and the local lakes freeze and thaw, restaurateur/chef David Fhima opens and closes restaurants. This time, he's taking back control of LoTo in Lowertown, St. Paul, which he ceded to Lifetime Fitness awhile back and remaking it as FACES, serving a menu of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon April '10

    ​ OPEN Cake Eater Bakery, Minneapolis Cafe Kem, Minneapolis (Eat Street) Fusion, Minneapolis (former Zeno) Kieran's, Minneapolis (moves to Block E) Hubert's Cafe & Sports Bar II (replaces NBA City in Target Center) Amici Pizza & Bistro, Minneapolis

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    RIP: LoTo

    Life Time Fitness will close LoTo on March 27th, and guess which persistent restaurateur will use the space to make his comeback?

  • Restaurants

    May 27, 2009

    Fhima opens two new Zahtar restaurants in the Twin Cities

    Flamboyant restaurateur finally focuses on giving diners what they want

  • Restaurants

    October 26, 2005

    Loto Lowdown

    New Lowertown restaurant caters to everyone and no one--in the same place

  • Restaurants

    September 8, 2004

    Space Beehives and Champagne

    Impresario David Fhima does it again, this time in Edina