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Step Inside This New Restaurant Inspired by a Southeast Asian Bike Trip

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Sweet Chow offers quick service fare to the North Loop

A white bowl is filled with brown crispy bits and garnished with herbs, a pair of chopsticks rests on the lip of the bowl
Crispy brussel sprouts
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Chef John Krattenmaker might be best known for his Minnesota-Nordic food at the American Swedish Institute’s Fika or more recently as part of the Cafe Alma team, but his newest restaurant has a menu stacked with dishes from an entirely different part of the globe. Sweet Chow, just opened as of yesterday at 116 North 1st Avenue in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood is serving Thai-style lemongrass sausage with crispy sticky rice balls, a take on green papaya salad and a dessert pot de creme made to mimic the flavors of Vietnamese coffee.

The long and lean restaurant was inspired by a bike trip that owners Julie Hartley, Greg Cummings and Ami Francis took through Southeast Asia, particularly in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. The people behind the eatery proclaim themselves avid global travelers although new to the hospitality industry. Most of their background includes working the film industry.

A few communal tables are available up front, with more seating in the back
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The restaurant has several seats, but is also built for easy take-out and will eventually add bike delivery to the area.

Order at the counter and then take a seat inside Sweet Chow
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

The opening for lunch and dinner, with wine, beer and a full bar, is just phase one in the plans. A small next door space will eventually house the “sweet” part of the business, a small bakery to complement Chow.

Order at the counter, take a number and find a seat
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Chow is open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 10pm weekdays, with a week day happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. It’s open until midnight Friday and Saturday.

most of the dining room is long and relatively narrow
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The bar’s cocktail list is still in development
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities
In the back are kitchen counter seats for watching the cooks in action
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Fried brussel sprouts topped with herbs
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Sweet Chow

116 North 1st Avenue, , MN 55401 (612) 767-4605 Visit Website