I was over at the Fedex/Kinkos in the strip mall off Snelling across from the Roseville SuperTarget (same mall that Outback Steakhouse is in) when I noticed that there's a new Szechuan restaurant in the spot where China Jen used to be.
It wasn't quite dinner time yet but I was curious and stopped by the restaurant and got a take out menu. The decor has been done up a notch compared to the bare bones look that China Jen used to sport with more subdued lighting and some new paint schemes. To my surprise, the menu looked like it mirrored some of the items that Little Szechuan and Tea House in Saint Paul have - cumin flavored lamb, dan dan noodles, some of the cold appetizers that Little Szechuan offers as well as a myriad of other authentic looking dishes.
I don't know how long this restaurant has been open as I seem to recall that China Jen closed sometime this summer (??) but am curious as to whether any Chowhounds have given this new restaurant a try and how it stacks up to the plethora of Szechuan places that seem to have sprung up in the last 24 months or so.
Little Szechuan - West End
5377 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
China Jen Restaurant
2193 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113