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David Foureyes

Lame. This was our Sunday go-to spot for what was probably the best half-priced wine night in town (their markup was so reasonable it made the wines less than retail). We know Andrew has moved on to new things, and wish the best for the rest of the staff as well. jP's will be missed.

geoff

moto-i website fails the most basic test of effectiveness...doesn't answer the question, "what is it / what does it do?"

I assume it's a japanese restaurant of some sort...but I shouldn't have to assume anything, should I?

Alexis

Geoff, most of the information is in Rick Nelson's August 20th column:

Blake Richardson, owner of the Herkimer (2922 Lyndale Av. S., theherkimer.com), is channeling his fascination for Japanese pop culture into a speakeasy-style bar and cafe just a few doors down from his popular brewpub.

Although the chef's name is still under wraps, the menu takes its cues from Asian street foods -- ramen bowls, dumplings, beef bulgolgi, squid jerky -- with most prices falling in the $10-and-under range. Following another Minneapolis trend, the restaurant will feature an open-air rooftop venue. Smart & Associates, the Minneapolis architecture firm (and the crew behind nearby Fuji Ya) is handling the design duties. Richardson says there's more, but he's not sharing what that is ... yet. Stayed tuned.

There should be another Nelson column coming out soon to accompany moto-i's opening later this month (I believe). As for business, I heard from Blake today:

We are actually doing well and enjoying growth over last year. I feel
pretty lucky for all of the obvious reasons.

It is a bummer about JP. They were a great neighbor. And the furthest
thing from being competition. They were our ally in so many ways.

geoff

sounds like a cool place.

JStone

jP's calamari with an Asian twist was my favorite ... Hope Andrew is doing OK. We had many fine meals there over the years. Miss it already.

Brian

I made the Moto i preview this weekend and, yes, it is cool. Doors should have opened at noon today so, check it out. Food is good, especially the small plates, and the Sake is amazing. Hats off to Blake and his crew.

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