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After 70 Years as Eastside’s Favorite Breakfast Spot, this Diner Flips to Lunch and Dinner

Cook St. Paul embarks on a new chapter of Asian dishes and counter service

The exterior of Cook with a large vertical sign and open storefront windows
After serving generations as a breakfast institution, big changes are in store at Cook
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For over 70 years the restaurant at 1124 Payne Avenue in Saint Paul has served breakfast, but that all changes beginning tomorrow. Eddie Wu who purchased the business in 2013 when it was called Serlin’s, and re-opened it as Cook St. Paul, is shifting the menu to lunch and dinner with a menu built around Asian dishes.

Wu has been a maverick since opening Cook, serving all American breakfast classics alongside Korean spiced dishes. He also invited several burgeoning businesses in to allow the space to act as a launching pad.

Now, the restauranteur is making his most dramatic move yet. The restaurant re-opens tomorrow with a counter-service lunch and dinner menu, all built around his deftness with Korean flavors and chef Chandra Walbolt’s Cambodian and Thai heritage. Expect to find rice bowls, burgers, sandwiches, and some street food. The dish list will grow and evolve as the restaurant does.

New hours kick off tomorrow at 11 am and the restaurant will serve food until 7 pm. Regular restaurant hours run Thursday through Monday.


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