Has anyone heard about Café 99? There is a new sign on the old Bascali's restaurant (on Como Ave, St Paul). The writing/graphics on the sign look Asian. The building is still being renovated.
Just wondered... what type of Asian restaurant will it be? When is it supposed to open?
I live in the neighborhood, so I'm excited to see something finally happening over there.
I also live in the neighborhood. The sign looks cute with a little boy eating noodles and a little girl holding what looks to be a plate of dumplings. It would be awesome to get a bit of University Avenue on Como Ave.
I'm not sure what kind of food they will serve, but they are working on it everyday.
I live in the neighborhood, too, and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cafe 99. The characters on the awning seem not to be Chinese--perhaps Japanese. So we shall see.
Yesterday we noticed, in the window, a hiring announcement looking for people fluent in English and Chinese. There's also a typically Chinese round symbol hanging over an inner doorway. They must be getting close to opening if they're hiring.
Thanks for the updates. I saw (in the neighborhood newsletter) that they are applying for an alcohol license too. I'm glad it seems like they'll be opening soon!
Today there's a three page menu in the window showing a variety of foods from China. Looks sort of standard Chinese with a fair amount of Szechuan. Apparently associated with the restaurant, in some way, is a Chef Yang, the only "nationally certified chef from China" in the upper Midwest.
This is run by the owner of tian Jin in Chanhassen. Tian Jin was serving top notch sichuan years ago but has been mediocre at best the past few years. The new owner raised prices, made portions significantly smaller and brought in cooks that I doubt have any grasp of sichuan cooking.