Eat Street Buddha Kitchen is closed

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Benjamin Carter Grimes
A sad and surprising bit of news from the possibly doomed corner of Nicollet and W. 26th Street: Hot Dish tipsters clued us in on the news that Eat Street Buddha Kitchen unexpectedly and abruptly closed at midnight on Tuesday. 



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Enlightened eating at Eat Street Buddha Kitchen

It's a familiar story for this storefront. After its former tenant Azia closed in 2010, the space sat empty for several months while Azia owner Tom Pham toyed around with the idea of opening a re-vamp to be called Azia Market Bar & Restaurant. Those plans eventually fizzled, but left the lease available to East Street Buddha Kitchen, a restaurant that boasted a similar fusion agenda.

They opened to mostly positive reviews, with particular focus on their creative cocktails and well-stocked raw bar. Eat Street Buddha Kitchen also made lots of breakfast fiends -- the Hot Dish included -- very happy with their banana cream pie-inspired French toast.


No one on the management staff could be reached for comment, but the restaurant's website is no longer live and their Facebook and Twitter accounts have been disabled. If you have more information about this closing, please email us.

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Ronda Schultz
Ronda Schultz

Stephaniee Dontgetittwisted Hadley Jessica Hadley Lmfao

Frank Otero
Frank Otero

Horrible service, bad food and pretentious pompous ass serving us lied about a dessert he highly recommended. Glad is gone, now get someone in there fast. The location is not bad!

JCVN
JCVN

"surprising"? Did you ever eat there? Once was enough for our group. Meh, forgettable—might have worked in the burbs as a Crave-like spot of style over substance but not in that competitive area.

The fact that it ever got positive reviews was indicative of how bad restaurant criticism in the Twin Cities has become now that all the papers (including City Pages) can't afford to pay anyone with serious experience. Even Heavy Table's become a bit of a joke.

veglover
veglover

Also what is sad about it? Horrible food, bad service, obviously someone needed business help.. I don't get it.

veglover
veglover

Surprising? that place was horrible. I think they should come back as a fried chicken and fries place... even that would probably end up cold though. HORRIBLE food. Couldn't even eat it. My review from dining end of June Yikes - just don't even bother if you value or your time and actually want to eat dinner.


We purchased a Groupon thinking it sounded like it would be a good new place to try and from the moment we walked in the service was lackluster. 

Confused as to whether or not we had to seat ourselves but we asked and were seated. Rice/food all over the bench, figured no big deal just a little messy. It took quite awhile for them to even come back and get our order probably about 25 minutes, were ready to walk out and should have... Not very crowded at all maybe like 2-3 people at the bar 1-2 other tables inside. Got to the restaurant at just before 8 didn't leave until after 10pm when they turned the disco music on. 

Cellphone was about to die so they let us  redeem the Groupon as we ordered.

Ordered the cranberry wontons and avocado sushi rolls. It took about 45 minutes to get the wontons which arrived lukewarm. Then another 30-45 minutes to get our sushi rolls. Then another hour to get our entrees which were not only cold - confused us and didn't even come as the description said they would. Ordered brown rice and got white rice the server then brought brown out, but the Mock Duck Green Curry looked like breaded artificial chicken nuggets and tasted pretty bad. Didn't come with veggies or anything just a  sauce over the "mock duck" with rice on the side. My dinner companion ordered a Basil Pad Thai which also came out cold with a few thick gluey noodles with peanuts sprinkled on the side. Very cold and glutinous noodles. Had some mock duck breaded things like I got too. Entrees had a sweet, no spice or flavor taste to them too. After we complained to the server he voiced that he didn't know what was going on he'd only been there two days. He said they'd remake the entrees they came back in 5-10 minutes same food just heated up. Very disgusting so we had one bite and then said we just wanted the check to leave. They said don't worry about it but we already had redeemed the Groupon. Needless to say this is the first time I've ever sent a support email in to Groupon requesting a refund.  They'd be better off revamping their entire offering to not serving asian food. Maybe french fries + fried chicken would work better, though cold food would still be a turn off. Maybe microwave hot dogs...?? Really? This is on eat street - they should just order food from a neighboring takeout and have it delivered. Would be quicker. I don't know what they're doing at this place, but if they keep it up I don't know who would even want to dine there or come back, or tell their friends to visit. 

I've dined out quite a bit and this has to be up there on my worst dining experiences ever which aren't many. 

So all thumbs down on this place. Should have read Yelp first. Wish I could have snapped photos to share. Just bad.... Felt sick to our stomachs after just eating one bite. 

They need some help. Seriously.

Tecurra Boo
Tecurra Boo

The placed reeked of bad seafood the moment you walked into the door.

Faith Moraa
Faith Moraa

Such a great location. But the food was nothing to talk about and drinks were blah.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Thats what happens when the Suburbs try to open in the city. This was going to happen, its to bad. Azia only closed for other reasons, and this certainly is not a cursed corner, but Wonderous def is.

Angela M Thompson
Angela M Thompson

So not surprised. I bartended there for a few months. Management had no clue what was going on whatsoever.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

This has been happening a lot here in Minnesota in this time of full democrat rule.

Colette Forsyth
Colette Forsyth

No it wasn't, Samantha, they must be dropping like flies this summer though!

Julie Foreman
Julie Foreman

Go to your Groupon page and you can request the value paid returned to you.

vunleylong
vunleylong

I live on top of this place and I can say I'm ecstatic about it's closing. It was essentially the only "nightclub" on eat street. When I would be biking home late at night on Friday and Saturdays, there would be one or two cop cars outside of it, with an arrest made one time.


Not to mention the average, overpriced food. As well as the slow, over employed waiting staff. 


Buddha just simply didn't fit in well with the other restaurants in the area.

Bryce Otter Larson
Bryce Otter Larson

Managements fault plain and simple. Every time i went there it was more and more awkward. The DJ booth by the host stand in particular was always a nice touch...

Holly Walter
Holly Walter

Good. Pretty sure I got food poisoning there!

Samantha Snell
Samantha Snell

Colette Forsyth..was this the one you were talking about?

Hannah Weer
Hannah Weer

Ha, nope! Michelle Brehm you called it.

Matthew Gramlich
Matthew Gramlich

Poor management is my guess. There is no way they were making enough to cover what they sank in to it. Way too expensive to get real, steady business.

Michelle Brehm
Michelle Brehm

Anna not at all. It was so bizarre when we were there

Anna Ewart
Anna Ewart

Hannah Weer Michelle Brehm Anna Schwindt DeGroot Tasha Kay Hager surprised?

EatStreet1
EatStreet1

that's fine the other places around this place are awesome and busy, hopefully someone will step in and do the same thing with this place. I though this place did not fit in with the vibe over there at all. 

southmpls86
southmpls86

This is not shocking. The place was typically overstaffed, yet the service was slow. The waitresses were clad in an all-black outfit showing more skin than necessary, attempting to make up for the poor service.


For how large it was, it was hardly ever close to full capacity, and the food was just barely outside typically chinese/japanese cuisine. 


I really wish Hot Dish would do a follow-up to their initial reviews. These restaurants change after a few weeks and the experience becomes something altogether different when the hype has died down.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yeah - it's called the free market - ever hear of it?  Read the comments of people that have been there and you'll see why it's closed. The state economy is doing way better under Dayton than it was under T-Paw - and the national economy is doing way better under Obama than it was under Bush. Hmmmm, go figure. 

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Wow.  You're certainly clueless

sjeromej
sjeromej

WTF? 68 new restaurants have opened or in the process in mpls in the last 15 months

heavy competition and marginal quality and inexperienced owners is why they closed

veglover
veglover

good thing I only had two bites. was horrible. 

EatStreet1
EatStreet1

and people who shut down their business knowing they sold a bunch of groupons suck as people anyway 

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