Two bits of bad news hit our inbox late yesterday and early this morning. The first: the six-year-old Longfellow Asian fusion spot Dumpling is calling it quits this weekend. As per their email, from founder Bunbob Chhun:
After 6 years in business I’ve made the hard decision to close up shop. The last 2 years have been immensely challenging to navigate, and there are many factors that contributed to this decision, but bottom line: papa is tired.
Since I’ve become a father I’ve been forced to do some soul searching, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the grind of running a restaurant is no longer in personal alignment with how I want to spend my days.
Dumpling closes for the last time at 8pm this Saturday, April 23.
And Grand Catch, the seafood boil spot on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, is serving its last meal on April 30. The restaurant, a venture founded by the Wadi brothers (of World Street Kitchen and the former Saffron) and Cajun Deli owner Thien Ly, has been a going concern for more than four years.