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December 21, 2009 // UPDATED 10:38 am - December 21, 2009
By: Michelle Bruch
Michelle Bruch
Subo opens in old Hell’s Kitchen space

A Southeast Asian street scene has taken over the old Hell’s Kitchen storefront on 10th Street.  

The new restaurant Subo is the brainchild of Neil Guillen, the Filipino chef and owner who relocated here from Manhattan six short weeks ago. He arrived here at the prompting of a Minneapolis customer who visited Guillen’s New York restaurant over and over and convinced him to open up a shop in the customer’s hometown.

“Every chef waits for his turn to eventually have his own restaurant,” Guillen said. “This sounded like the proper time. … I saw the space and fell in love with it.”

Guillen said he wants his guests to eat family-style and pull down lots of dishes to “create a feast on the table.”

Highlights off the menu include chili chocolate panna cotta served in an espresso cup, and chicken wings marinated in sweet rice vinegar, garlic, coconut milk and soy sauce.

Subo is located at 89 S. 10th St., where Calhoun Grill operated until recently. Hell’s Kitchen moved out of the same restaurant space in mid-2008 so it could stop operating in limbo — the restaurateurs knew they might need to leave during the eventual construction of The Nicollet, a new skyscraper planned for the block. However, plans for The Nicollet have been stalled for more than four years while the owners have sought financing, and several other retailers have remained on the block. A corner space at 10th and Marquette is advertising a new store coming soon called Bahu.

The floral studio Luna Vinca is escaping a busy storefront space in Uptown to hole up in the Designers Guild building at 401 N. 3rd St.

“We decided we didn’t need a storefront location,” said owner Jennifer Guion. She sold off most of the books, candles and bath products her Hennepin Avenue store carried.

“We decided to get back to the roots of floral design,” she said.

Guion didn’t shed her biggest retail seller, however. She still offers the paper star lights that have been popular since the store opened 11 years ago.

Luna Vinca handles floral design for weddings and events, and provides a metro-wide floral delivery service.

The Open Book building didn’t have any trouble finding a new tenant for the space the Rosalux Gallery left behind.

A new business called Ovative is already operating its first office there. The company represents venture-capital funded technology companies primarily based on the coasts and in Israel.

Staff at Ovative often introduce their clients to Downtown advertising and public relations agencies, making the Downtown site ideal for them.

Minneapolitans take for granted that fresh fruit is more elusive during winter months, but a new business called FruitShare is rushing it our way.

FruitShare, based in Stillwater, can now deliver seasonal fruits from national organic growers to homes and businesses Downtown.

Founder Everett Meyers said in a statement that grocers’ fruits often travel for weeks or even months before arriving on the shelves. Wax and other long-term preservation methods result in less flavorful and less nutritious fruits for sale, he said.

FruitShare, by contrast, ships fresh fruit within days, at prices ranging from $29 for a single order to $995 for a full year of 27 deliveries.

Fruits available in December include Satsuma mandarins and clementines.

The Northeast nightspot Tickles is moving into
The Little Wagon’s old space Downtown.

Tickles is marketed as the Twin Cities’ first gay piano and sports bar. It initially opened at 1032 3rd Ave. NE last winter, and the bar will shut down on Dec. 28 to reopen Downtown on New Year’s Eve.

The Little Wagon closed last spring at 420 S. 4th St. The owner blamed the closure on downsizing at nearby corporations.