Yes, you read that right. Remember the old Azia location at 2550 Nicollet? Well it's about to be the site of a new restaurant that appears to be a revamp of the original, officially to be called Azia Market Bar and Restaurant, according to the Star Tribune.
Thom Pham, owner of a handful of Minneapolis restaurants, including his Wondrous Azian Kitchen, Thanh Do in St. Louis Park, and Temple, the ambitious fusion spot that closed in 2008, returns to the Eat Street storefront he left in 2010.
Though this corner property was the site of various issues for Pham--a dispute with his landlord, a violent encounter in the alleyway behind the restaurant, and slowing business--he's returning with a new perspective and what he hopes will be a fresh start.
The menu at Azia Market Bar and Restaurant will be Asian fusion, focused on small plates meant for sharing and will offer items from a raw bar as well. Pham also said he plans to lower prices at his Wondrous Azian Kitchen and scale back involvement there to focus on this new venture. Twin Cities residents who have lived, and eaten, through his many projects will certainly have their eyes on the development of his latest undertaking. Are you looking forward to Azia 2.0?