Stadium Village sees influx of new businesses


The Tea House

The long-vacant building that used to house Baker’s Square will soon become the Tea House, a family-owned Chinese restaurant opening in early January.

The restaurant, which has three other locations in the Twin Cities, will offer traditional Chinese dishes, a large selection of noodle soups and perhaps the city’s first ever half-Chinese, half-American breakfast. Given its proximity to a hotel, the owners decided offering American breakfast was a necessity, and hired a local chef to prepare it, co-owner Yolanda Wang said.

For the next month, the building’s interior will be under construction. In October, Wang said they’ll begin focusing on the menu, which will differ slightly from that of the existing locations. The meals will be priced with students in mind.

Palm, Tarot and Psychic Readings

Having recently purchased a prominent Washington Avenue storefront, Eliot Ten has his work cut out for him. The former Enrica Fish Medical Bookstore came complete with a layer of black dust with boarded windows.

Ten, who co-owns Stadium Village’s new Palm, Tarot and Psychic Readings shop with his wife, will keep the business open while he does the painting and carpeting.

The readings will be given by Ten’s wife, who has been studying tarot and palm reading for the past seven years.

“She’s always been gifted with picking up on people’s energy,” Ten said.

Most of the city’s psychic services reside in Uptown, but charge around $130 per reading, Ten said. He’ll determine his prices by looking at the competition and going down from there.

“We’re just looking to sit down and help people with whatever their questions are,” he said. “We understand that everybody’s having hard times.”

Paradigm Copies

When Paradigm Copies was still located in the Dinkydome, graduate instructor of Spanish and Portuguese Michael Arnold could run over in a minute if he discovered a page missing in the exam he was handing out.

Now that the copy store has moved to Stadium Village, that wouldn’t be possible.

While the initial plan was to remain in the Dinkydome post-renovation, Gary Magee, the manager of Paradigm Copies, had to find a new solution when his lease expired. But since moving to Washington Avenue on June 15, he said the changes have been positive.

“More people see us, more people are dropping by,” he said. “It’s just more visible.”

In addition to keeping most customers from the former location, Magee said he’s seen several new faces as well.

Some University departments, such as Spanish and Portuguese, will be able to order copies by mailing electronic versions of documents, which Paradigm will print and deliver.

Tsunami Japanese Restaurant

Stadium Village now houses the state’s only Spicy Mussel Roll, an original creation by Takeshi Hatori, manager of Tsunami Japanese Restaurant .

“It sounds weird, but tastes great,” Hatori said of the roll.

The restaurant, in the same building as the former Azuki’s Sushi , opened in July and offers traditional Japanese dishes and sushi, with prices ranging from $8 to $15 for entrees and $4 to $15 for sushi.

Hatori, who worked as a chef and manager of downtown’s Origami for seven years, didn’t hesitate to open Tsunami when the opportunity came up.

Tsunami will be very different from its predecessor in menu and concept, Hatori said. He designed the menu with help from his chefs.

Bun Mi Sandwiches

Ever since she saw the Bun Mi sign go up last year, Jessica Appert, a graduate student in the school of public health, said she couldn’t wait for it to open. Since it did in mid-May, she’s been a frequent customer.

“I know it’s really pathetic, but I come here all the time,” she said. “It’s the best thing over here.”

Initially, the owners of Bun Mi were worried about a lack of summer business, but were happily surprised at the wave of support they received, general manager Christina Idea said.

Bun Mi’s food is different from anywhere else in Stadium Village, Idea said. The restaurant is known for its BBQ pork and lemon grass chicken sandwiches, which cost around $5.

“Instead of having a deli sandwich or a pizza or the normal Chinese food, you can have something quick and simple but yet very tasty and flavorful,” she said, adding that all of their sandwiches are made with fresh vegetables.

“To be cheesy, we make it from the heart,” she said.


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