Having seen the announcement a week or two ago about the reopening of the Grand Palace (Brooklyn Park, about 1 mile norht of 695 on the east side of RT 2/Ritchie HWY), I went yesterday to try out their lunch dim sum.
The dim sum menu for lunch is slightly smaller than in the previous incarnation a few years back, but the quality is at the same level. It is clearly not the same chef, but the differences are stylistic, rather than quality.
If you like this sort of thing, get out and support them, because unlike burger joints, pizza places, or crab shacks, this is currently the only game in town for lunch dim sum (at least to my knowledge). Let's help make them successful, so we keep this option available!
For those who wonder why the old Grand Palace went under, I *suspect* it may have been due to a personal injury lawsuit. Just prior to the old Grand Palace closing, I arrived on a busy Sunday during the aftermath of an accident. It appeared that a pot of hot tea had been dumped on a small asian girl, scalding her - I'm guessing there had been an accidental collision with a fully-laden server, though I came in after it happened.
The mother, who did not appear to speak English, was hysterical but refusing to cooperate with calling an ambulance. She seemed to be fearful of anything involving calling anybody who might be construed as "the authorities." The manager on duty was calling the ambulance anyway, and rightly so - the child needed more treatment than her mother applying hand lotion to her burns and refusing to let anybody else near the child. It was a crazy scene.
By the time I finished with my lunch, the ambulance had come and gone. I'm not sure if the mother allowed them to treat the child - everybody involved had moved outside by then. The manager asked me if I would give him my contact info in case he should need me as a witness to the events. I think he already suspected that the story was not yet over.
Shortly thereafter, the place had closed, though I had never been contacted by anybody regarding the accident. Not sure if the two events were linked, but it wouldn't surprise me.
I only mention this in case anybody wonders "If it was so good before, why did they go out of business?" I don't think the closing had anything to do with the food or how the place was run. I'm not sure if the new owners are the same as the old ones, but the re-appearance of the old name might indicate a connection, though that's not certain. If nothing else, they are trying to resurrect the reputation of the old Grand Palace, and from this first exposure, I think they are on the right track.