New late night dining spot to take over old Azia space on Eat Street

The old Azia spot is to be renovated into a new Asian eatery
The old Azia spot is to be renovated into a new Asian eatery

It's looking as though a new restaurant could open up in the old Azia space at the corner of 26th Street and Nicollet Avenue. A new report from the

Southwest Journal 

announces that plans are well underway for Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge, a new late-night dining spot set to feature an array of Asian fusion and sea food-focused dishes.

Whereas nothing seems to be confirmed, it appears that the Whittier neighborhood committee is on board, so long as the restaurant's main focus remains on food. The space is planning on staying open until 2 a.m. and will feature DJs five days a week. We're not sure how those plans tie into the food plans, but it appears the Whittier neighborhood committee has made it clear that they're not interested in having a nightclub open up on their doorsteps.

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In a statement of intent, Whittier Alliance Executive Director Marian Biehn said, "We are Eat Street, not Drink Street. We're not an entertainment center. While we like all those things, what matters is how this works in the neighborhood."

Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge will be expected to earn at least 60 percent of its total revenue from food sales, which is in line with current state regulations for restaurants. While many of its opening hurdles have been cleared, the restaurant is still waiting for City Council approval.

Currently little is known about the new food spot beyond the Asian fusion sea food concept, various DJ nights, and reports of live fish tanks, but co-owner Mike Tuppa says to expect more information to be made available next month. For now, we'll play the waiting game.

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