Jucy Lucys. Spaghetti and meatballs. Asian buffet. Sunday brunch. Breakfast served all day. Authentic Filipino cuisine. Chicken and Ribs. Wings. Catering. All this… and more… appears to be in store at the old Andy’s Garage location at 1825 University Ave. in St. Paul. The overall thrust of the signage seems to be that Kenny’s Chicken and Ribs is back, but that clarifies very little.
Attempts to reach the establishment and decode the sign forest were unsuccessful, so we’re welcoming insight, speculation and/or commentary from our readership.
UPDATE: A visit to the mystery restaurant uncovered a few salient facts.
The place is an American/Filipino place called Mabuhay, and it’s been open for two weeks. They claim to be doing a brisk delivery business in the neighborhood.
Kenny is the owner, and the chicken and ribs were apparently on the menu of a restaurant he owned many years ago in White Bear Lake. His wife is Filipina.
The beef afritada, $8.99, was a hearty, homestyle beef stew with potatoes, peas, carrots, red and green bell peppers and a dollop of white rice. Very comforting, not challenging. The cassava cake ($3.50) was a very dense, barely sweet cake with a strong coconut flavor.
Mabuhay means “welcome”, “hello,” “long live!” or “greetings,” and is derived from Tagalog.
UPDATE, JUNE 10, 2009: Mabuhay is now closed. It was a brief, wild ride.