The brothers Wadi are preparing to open their second restaurant. The two already run Saffron in Minneapolis's Warehouse District. Chef Sameh runs the kitchen, while his elder brother Saed keeps the front of the house humming. When not at Saffron, they also run the wildly popular World Street Kitchen truck. Beloved by foodies for the Yum Yum bowls and burritos, it's a flavor paradise made of the best bites from around the globe. And now, like other food trucks such as Chef Shack and Smack Shack, the mobile World Street concept will soon find a permanent home.
Today Sameh told Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune that the plan had always been to open a restaurant, it's just that now they've found the perfect space.
"Actually, we were ready to open a restaurant before we opened the truck," he explained to Nelson. "We've been working on a bricks-and-mortar place for two years, but when the city opened up the truck licensing we decided to jump on that first. We've been using it as our test kitchen."
The successful test is over, and it's time to take the idea to the big time. Look for the World Street Kitchen to open at 2743 Lyndale Avenue. The space will be designed by Shea, Inc. The same firm that helped them make over Saffron last year, Shea is known for its eye-popping design aesthetic (see Masu Sushi & Robata and Chino Latino.)
The space will be counter service with a fast-casual feel, with 60 to 70 seats. The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner, and eventually brunch, with the hope that beer and wine will be part of the equation. The expected opening date is before the end of the year.
In addition to the two restaurants, the truck will still be out on the streets as long as the weather is kind to us.