Sophea Fresh Fruit joins street cart lineup

Categories: Street Food

Michelle Bruch
Real-fruit smoothies are now selling outside the Central Library.
Seafood refugees from Louisiana have come to help launch the Sophea Fresh Fruit stand in downtown Minneapolis.

"My grandfather is a fisherman," said Anna Dien, an employee at the family-owned food stand. "They stopped because of the oil spill and came up here to help."

The street cart outside the Central Library at 315 Nicollet Mall is selling a rainbow of smoothie ingredients, and staff are happy to mix any three flavors of choice.

"No one has mixed anything with avocado," Dien said. "[But] some of the choices are quite interesting."

Michelle Bruch
Anna Dien's family is working the stand and crafting bubble tea pearl recipes.
The smoothies are made with real fruit, and flavors include papaya, kiwi, and champagne grape.

The food cart also sells fruit bowls and lettuce salads with carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and ranch dressing. Lots of cold drinks are available at cheaper prices than you'd find in vending machines. Bubble teas come with homemade pearls.

"It took a long time to come up with the recipe we wanted," Dien said.

This is the first smoothie stand in the Vietnamese family's entrepreneurial history. They previously operated seafood restaurants in Louisiana called K&K Seafood and Churchpoint Seafood. The new fruit stand is named for Sophea Thach, Dien's mother.

The cart is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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