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Szechuan Spice to replace Zen

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Szechuan Spice to replace Zen

SmartCookie | Jul 23, 2010 07:30 AM

From the Pioneer Press:

"Trendy Uptown Minneapolis is getting hotter. A Szechuan restaurant will open next month at Lyn-Lake.

Two owners of Tea House, which became an instant hit in St. Paul when it opened in 2007, have taken over the former Zen Restaurant. Jenni Shi and chef/husband ChangFu Xue are remodeling the space and calling it Szechuan Spice.

The menu will be different from Tea House, although some favorites, such as scallion pancakes, soup dumplings and dan dan noodles, will be available. Like Tea House, the food will be mostly Szechuan, but authentic Hunan dishes will be added. Hunan, Shi explains, is even spicier than Szechuan and made with peppers rather than peppercorns.

The couple, who moved here from New York City to open Tea House on White Bear Avenue, think Uptown could use a good authentic Chinese restaurant. "I think we'll do well there," says Shi.

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