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Bui St. Paul Catastrophe!

AliceS Aug 6, 2006 04:33 PM

We were all set to go to Bui for dim sum today, called ahead to see what time they opened. The phone was disconnected, but we decided to cruise by anyway, and things look grim. There was a sign on the window that said they would be closed the last week of July, but here it is a week later and the sign is still up and they are still closed! Does anyone know what is going on? Are they permanently closed? I am going to cry!!!!

  1. The Dairy Queen Sep 1, 2006 09:52 AM

    Alice, check out this blurb from the Pioneer Press--they say that Bui was owned by the daughter and son-in-law of the gentleman who owns Mai Village and that, indeed, the dim sum at Mai Village will be the "Bui" dim sum in the sense that it will be the same, but expanded, menu and the same dim sum chef.



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    1. re: The Dairy Queen
      Paz Sep 1, 2006 12:41 PM

      I heard the chef at Bui went to Yummy. So wouldn't Yummy be the new Bui? a true quandary....

      1. re: Paz
        The Dairy Queen Sep 1, 2006 02:16 PM

        That seems to dispute what the Pioneer Press is saying, but I don't have any personal knowledge, so you could be right. I think the best way to decide where the dim sum is truly "Yummy" is for some intrepid 'hound to get out there and taste the chow at both Mai Village(once the dim sum service is up and runnning) and Yummy and report back. Maybe I'll have to add those both to my Twin Cities dim sum civil war chowdown schedule. It's a rigorous schedule, you know. :)


        1. re: The Dairy Queen
          Paz Sep 1, 2006 02:36 PM

          I heard this from an inside source whom in the past has been reliable.

          Things might have changed in the last couple weeks from when I heard this. I'll be really happy if the dim sum at Mai Village is as good as Bui but from what I understand Bui and the chef did not part on good terms.

          We'll definitely check out Mai Village in the next couple weeks. At least in the past the service at Yummy has caused us not to go there. I wonder if its gotten better.

    2. The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2006 01:13 PM

      I noticed Mai Village has a sign up saying they will start serving dim sum September 2. Due to the familial connection noted above, I wonder if it will be "Bui dim sum," and, therefore, worth investigating? For a St. Paul girl who doesn't want to cross the river... :)


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen
        AliceS Aug 21, 2006 03:08 PM

        When I called Mai Village they denied a family connection, but here's hoping the dim sum will be up to par with Bui. Thanks for the tip.

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        faith Aug 7, 2006 06:47 PM

        Alice, this is very sad. For what it's worth, please try the
        vegetarian dumplings at Shanghai on Grand, make sure you get
        the black vinegar to dip them in. My very carnivorous housemates love them even though they are vegetables! (not the housemates, the dumplings...:) )

        1. AliceS Aug 7, 2006 04:19 PM

          OK, I called around to a few places and the folks at Mai Village told me it was closed permanently and that there was some "trouble with the family." There was a bit of a language barrier so take it with a grain of salt, but the closed permanently part seems to be tragically accurate. So what is a St. Paul girl to do now for dim sum? No way am I trekking out to Mandarin Kitchen, that place is a mad house, and Yangtze last time was sub-par, though maybe our timing was off. My Lee Hoa (sp?) was sort of so-so, but maybe we will end up there next.

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          1. re: AliceS
            Math Aug 7, 2006 09:02 PM

            I have a friend who is good friends with the owners of Bui's. I believe the owners are getting a divorce and thus decided to close the restuarant. Very sad - I LOVED their Dim Sum!

          2. AliceS Aug 7, 2006 02:55 PM

            Seriously everyone, I really want to know what happened, no one knows?

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            1. re: AliceS
              The Dairy Queen Aug 7, 2006 03:22 PM

              I called and got the same "temporarily disconnected" message you probably got. I thought someone once said Bui was connected to another restaurant in the Cities (can't remember which one.) Maybe call that restaurant and ask if they know the status?

              Edit: here's the thread where someone says that Bui is owned by the same family as Mai Village. Maybe you can call Mai Village? It's a bit tacky to call one restaurant to ask about another, I suppose, but what's a poor 'hound to do?



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