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Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal : Fast-Casual Vietnamese Restaurant Coming to Brooklyn Park

By:David Clarey

A new fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant and bakery is opening in Brooklyn Park in July.

The owners of Mi-Sant’s, a banh mi and pastry-specialized restaurant, have prepped the former KFC-site at 8540 Edinburg Centre Drive for almost a year.

Mi-Sant’s owner Linh Nguyen said the business is banking on Brooklyn Park’s demographics and location to help them succeed. The company explored areas throughout the metro area, but found the urban restaurant scene was too saturated.

“Brooklyn Park is what we feel is a very emerging area,” said Nguyen, who is also Mi-Sant’s operational manager. “There's a lot of business around. It’s close to the metro, but I feel like it has its own community there. It’s also a good mix of people.”

The restaurant is co-owned by Nguyen, Quoc Le and Kim Nguyen, Linh’s sister. Le’s family runs the long-time St. Paul bakery Trung Nam Bakery on 739 University Ave W, and the Nguyen family operates the Viet-Tien International Market in Waite Park. 

Eventually, the trio hopes they can expand throughout the area, Linh Nguyensaid. 


Mi-Sant will specialize in banh mi, while also offering spring rolls, noodle and rice bowls, and bakery items like croissants and other pastries. Most of the food on the menu ranges from $5 to $9, aiming for a cafe-style, affordable business approach.

Other eateries opening recently in Brooklyn Park include Blue Wolf Brewery. In addition, there is a new Portillo’s opening in Maple Grove, and Top Golf International Inc. plans to open a complex in Brooklyn Center in the fall.

“This area has not seen growth in that way in a long time,” said Dave Looby, Minneapolis Northwest Tourism president and CEO. “As we’re adding more attractions those things will continue to come.”


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