Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen abruptly closes

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Michelle Leon
No so wondrous: Thom Pham's is now shuttered

After shutting down its social media accounts and failing to answer phone calls, yesterday rumors started circulating that Thom Pham's troubled downtown restaurant, Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen, was closed. Just hours later, their website confirmed speculations via a simple message from the owner:

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"Wondrous Azian Kitchen is now closed. Thank you to all our friends, family, and guests for your support and love. We look forward to seeing everyone at Azia Market."

For local diners, the news doesn't exactly come as a huge surprise. Though Pham experienced huge success with his first restaurant, Thanh Do, his subsequent projects never quite seemed able to live up to the hype. Wondrous Azian Kitchen was Pham's fourth attempt at lifting his so-called curse, but financial struggles followed as well as some legal battles with family.

No public statement has been issued about Wondrous Azian Kitchen closing, but as of now, Pham's new venture, revamping his ill-fated Azia on Eat Street, is still on track. Azia Market and Bar is set to open November 7.


Location Info

Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen

533 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant


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31 comments
DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Oops. Anemone. Anyway. I liked Azia. I want the new version to do well. I hope Thom gets a grip on the showy-offy portions of his persona...I think it will serve him well.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Oh god! I hope he doesn't have to sell his CL550! This dude spends money he doesn't have to impress people that don't finance his shit...he has a head for interiors (I loved Aenenome) but not a head for business. Smart business men do not leverage everything then drive $85,000 cars.

Nicholas Lindman
Nicholas Lindman

That place is such a disappointment. How about zantigos takes over that space! I've never been disappointed there.

gladdad1956
gladdad1956

Finally went here after the girlfriends mother in her 70s told us her fortune teller predicted her demise this year and she should expressed her desire to enjoy some gastronomic delights. Little did I know that the restraunt was predicted the same demise. The owner history was to say the least, interesting, and would be the topic of conversation for these refined Veitnamese natives. They found the food very good and curious as to the Chef's nationality. Passed the americanized Veitnamese taste test, liked the flair and flavor of several appetizers. Will return to try the Azia's location which had always peaked my interest.

Capello45
Capello45

Thom Pham has been a blessing entrepreneur for Minneapolis. He has worked his tail off to make his mark on the scene and provide a great batch of restaurants and up the level of nightlife in the city. WONDROUS just never quite made the leap to becoming a destination because it was hindered by the downtown issues (parking, high rent, low traffic)...AZIA was by far the most successful endeavor. I'm very excited to see him re-open AZIA and hopefully keep his business moving forward.

JoeJCurry
JoeJCurry

@leehenderson yeah, not so wondrous.

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

good riddance. horrible food, horrible service.

Nate Reiter
Nate Reiter

Thom is the man. Lots of negativity here. I think the corner location was badass. Ridiculously beautiful design. Pretty disappointing. I've heard the eat street location is back open... ?

Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien

Who is surprised? Has anything lasted more than a year in that location?

Leif Berg
Leif Berg

Had dinner there once. Underwhelming to say the least.

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Come to eat at Little Schezuan at West End-st Louis Park !!:D

Angelina Castano
Angelina Castano

Went for my birthday on a tuesday night...bad service...no light down the hallway to the bathroom and the door didn't lock. Had to stop a water guy for a new drink with only four customers.

Dani Frazier
Dani Frazier

No more of those amazing wontons, Timm. SAD FACES ALL AROUND.

Becky Bu
Becky Bu

When the place opened, I was excited to see that something that wasn't a national chain had opened on Hennepin, especially since the location and name brought back fond memories of drinking pink oceans of Wonderous Punch at The Nanking before going to shows. Downtown Mpls needs all the open businesses it can get, so I am sorry to see this one go, and I wish Thom Pham the best.

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

Considering Azia and Tom Phams are the laughing stock of the local chef community, I doubt this is much of a loss.

wd45
wd45

@angiewarhol That place had a dish with "opium" in the title that tasted so good it may well have actually contained opium. DANG IT.

Abby Simons
Abby Simons

I noticed a couple months ago that "Thom Pham's" had disappeared from the big neon sign.

oZ__
oZ__

This place was a nice combination of new and old compared to Azia, but whatever they did in the last year or so to simplify the menu, perhaps to appeal to Twins fans, completely turned me off. I'm hoping Azia Market recaptures what Thom Pham had going.

Alisha 'Haider' Hillstrom
Alisha 'Haider' Hillstrom

I was thinking I was glad I didn't buy the Groupon for it. Luckily, Groupon is great and will refund its buyers. Just email them and say they went out of business. I had to do that for a Maple Grove restaurant last week.

Jake Helpdesk Olson
Jake Helpdesk Olson

I am going to miss evenings drunkenly gobbling down ping pang pong wings :(

Andy Giesen
Andy Giesen

Oh good. Glad I picked up a Groupon deal...

LayzaBayza
LayzaBayza

@citypages that's too bad...but many successors fail plenty before they really succeed. #PhamPushOn!

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

No loss...overpriced and no sushi. Loved the old place on eat street, but this joint was unappealing.

angiewarhol
angiewarhol

@wd45 Opium or not, I liked it there! Bummed.

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