Payne Phalen Neighborhood News and Events

Just minutes from downtown St. Paul, Payne Avenue and Arcade Streets, create parallel north/south backbones of the Payne Phalen neighborhood. Residents and visitors are drawn to the neighborhood’s rich architectural history, unique destination businesses, old world charm and the sparkling waters of Lake Phalen. Whatever your tastes: hot coffee and homemade pie, tamales, egg rolls, pizza or chow mein, you’ll find a global menu in local shops and restaurants. Strong schools, green parkways, and a spirited, energetic, committed and diverse community make Payne Phalen a vibrant neighborhood.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | St. Paul Hmong Market a local success, international model

Hmong Village President Shongleng Yang poses in front of one of the many vegetable stalls at the year-round market

A few years ago, there was not a bank in the Twin Cities that would negotiate a loan to help finance a cultural shopping hub.


Dreaming of history: Rachleff, Cleary plan East Side library in St. Paul

Rudy Perpich's 1984 proposal for a Labor History Center was killed by a Jesse Ventura's 1999 line-item veto, after a series of legislative twists and turns that spanned the intervening 15 years.


Brother, sister carry on family gourmet tradition at Otra Cocina in St. Paul

Miguel Linares and his sister Maria “Piti” Capouch inherited their father's philosophy and gourmet Mexican recipes. Now their Otra Cocina Mexican restaurant (1193 Payne Avenue, St. Paul) features both. According to the duo, Otra Cocina is much more than a restaurant:


Metro State comes to agreement with St. Paul neighbors over parking ramp

“Congrats on the Agreement,” read the banner hanging in the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council meeting room. A large cake decorated with balloons and the word “Agreement” topped off the meeting. The special Dayton's Bluff Community Council Land Use meeting on November 12 was a celebration, and the Land Use committee passed a motion in support of the neighborhood: Metropolitan State University’s “Areas of Mutual Agreement” document.


Pupusas: A 600-year-old tradition comes to St. Paul

Mañana Restaurant y Pupuseria is a small restaurant that carries a big history. After Rosario Diaz's husband was killed 25 years ago in the Salvadoran civil war, she came to California where she began making pupusas.  Then she moved to Minnesota where she made pupusas in her studio apartment along with her children Balmore and Luis Páiz and sold them out the window. After that they founded the Mañana Restaurant y Pupuseria at 828 East 7th Street on St. Paul´s East Side.