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According to this story, Thom Phan is closing Azia and A25 (f/k/a Anemone) at the end of the month and will be opening a new restaurant downtown.

http://www.downtownjournal.com/index....

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Anemoni Sushi & Oyster Bar
2550 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Azia Restaurant and Bar
2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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  1. Tom is going downtown again, while I really liked Temple I don't see this panning out well.

    1. yeah, ol' thom's taking over "the corner of restaurant death" aka the former zake/musahi space. i have to put both hands over my mouth to contain a veritable pronged projectile of snark from emitting from it now, so i'm going to have to quit typing.

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      1. re: soupkitten

        Maybe, given the 'neighbors' across the street from the new space, 'naked sushi' will catch on this time.

        Oops. Sorry.

        1. re: soupkitten

          Commenters on the Strib website were much less reserved! Well, I don't really know the deal. But I'll be sad to lose a good place for drinks and snacks. I loved the oyster wings there, and it was nice to hang out in a space that felt kind of upscale without spending a ton of money. I never actually had a full meal there, though.

          I hope the new place works out, it would be nice to have something like that downtown. I don't find a lot of reasons to go down there lately.

          1. re: soupkitten

            Wasn't it also an Olive Garden at one point?

          2. A25 was recently on a daily deal site, probably sold a several hundred to a few thousand certificates. I wonder what happens to those. Also makes Lenny Russo's take on these sites fairly prophetic.

            1. I am thinking this is a pretty risky move considering how bad that space has been. If an Olive Garden can't survive, I don't think this place can. Not good parking and it is not the kind of place that the average baseball fan is looking for (sushi bar with a techno dj). Speaking of which can people finally get the idea that having a dj at a restaurant is not cool anymore (not that it ever was), a little too 2003.

              Also strange that they just re-did A25 and it was getting some decent reviews and now they are closing and moving.

              Wish them luck, maybe they know something that the rest of us don't.

              1. From what I've heard, the building at 25th and Nicollet is not in good shape, so that is part of the reason they are "moving." The old Morales space has been vacant for well over a year, and if the building is bad, this space will stay vacant too. I didn't like Azia and thought it was over priced, but I really don't want to see another vacant storefront on Nicollet.

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                Azia Restaurant
                2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

                1. I have to say, I ate at Azia awhile ago, and received sub-par food and an empty stomach for $50. Ridiculous. I refused to go back until a group of friends insisted. So back I went. Same thing. I ordered a lot of very pricey, poor quality food and left feeling hungry. So I walked into the nearest Mexican restaurant nearby.

                  The one time I did enjoy the place was on a Saturday night. My boyfriend bought me a couple strong Sake drinks and I danced like a maniac to the House music. So maybe that is the way to enjoy a place like that? Strong drink that someone else pays for + dancing + no food purchase.

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                  Azia Restaurant
                  2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404