The To Soho storefront at 715 Hennepin Ave. will become Marusu Street Food and Cocktails this spring. The new restaurant will focus on affordable, Asian-inspired food in a clean, modern setting.
According to property owner and restaurant partner David Kabanuk, many parties have expressed interest in the space, but a restaurant was always the ideal tenant. The space has the capacity for an 80-person dining room, as well as an open kitchen, bar and outdoor patio area. “It’s important to us to have a nice restaurant,” said Kabanuk.
It is also important, he said, to offer something different to the downtown crowd. While Maruso will be a stylish and sophisticated place, it won’t be a “destination restaurant” like Fogo de Chao or the Capital Grille. Instead, the restaurant will focus on food in the $7 to $10 range to create an affordable place for downtown workers and residents looking for alternatives to both fast food and fine dining.
The menu includes Asian-inspired dishes such as bahn mi sandwiches, pho soups, rice dishes and more. The restaurant takes its name from the Maruso Soy Sauce company in Taiwan, founded in 1909. The soy sauce company was founded by the great-grandfather of Dr. Bill Chuang, one of the principles of Maruso Street Food and Cocktails.
The opening of Maruso Street Food and Cocktails is tentatively scheduled for February.