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Pham's Wondrous Asian Kitchen Closed

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SmartCookie Oct 18, 2012 03:11 PM

I'm so conflicted; he has such grand visions but can't seem to be able to make his restaurants work, for reasons ranging from poor management, over-extension, to lackluster menus.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/10...

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    bkmnus RE: SmartCookie Oct 18, 2012 03:35 PM

    It was reported that he owed an equipment supplier $30K, which he may have now paid up, but still owes $150K to the state. He does have a history of overextending himself, on many levels.

    Thanh Do in SLP has really been slipping in quality of late. For some reason he thought having a full liquor license would make the place a hit. It hasn't. Now the kitchen is flailing badly.

    It is a good thing he is now only a consultant to the new version of Azia @26th & Nic.

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      SarahInMinneapolis RE: bkmnus Oct 18, 2012 10:24 PM

      That place was doomed from the get go. Ego, people. Not what anyone wants to pay for.

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        semanticantics RE: SarahInMinneapolis Oct 19, 2012 06:40 AM

        That and $20 Pad Thai...

        [Edit] Forgot about the retooling of the failed menu to nonsense burger fusion. Oof.

    2. Jordan RE: SmartCookie Oct 19, 2012 08:15 AM

      Is anyone surprised?

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        shadowfax RE: Jordan Oct 19, 2012 01:09 PM

        Not me. Been there twice. Once for an office function and once for a gathering over dim sum. Unimpressive food both times. Some of the dim sum was ok, but the waitstaff looked at you weird if you ordered more than 3 small items (that 2 people were sharing). Don't make me feel awkward for asking you to let me give you more money. Duh.

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        sandylc RE: SmartCookie Oct 19, 2012 03:03 PM

        He is colorful at best and self-indulgent & egotistical at worst.

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          zfwp RE: sandylc Oct 20, 2012 03:31 PM

          felony charges have been made, an arrest warrant has been issued

          http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

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          galewskj RE: SmartCookie Oct 24, 2012 12:56 PM

          What's the grand vision? Adding lots of sugar and/or cranberries to Asian dishes and calling it fusion?

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