Brothers switch up city dining scene

Two brothers are each cooking up their own plans for Rochester diners.

One brother, Yong Liu, is working out details to open a new Japanese restaurant —  Ichi Tokyo —just off of Rochester's South Broadway.

Look for Ichi Tokyo's menu to offer a wide selection of Japanese dishes. Liu says it will also feature a sushi bar and hopefully a full bar as well to serve mixed drinks, beer and wine.

His plan is to open in the commercial center at 20th Street Southwest that is anchored by Subwaysandwiches and Dison's Cleaners. Ichi Tokyo will move into space recently vacated by Snap Fitness. He hopes to open this fall, possibly by November. It will have seating for about 100.

This will be Liu's second eatery in Rochester. He also owns and manages Asian Kitchen in the Barlow Plaza, which serves Chinese cuisine as well as Japanese dishes.


While he is working on Ichi Tokyo, his brother Yong Wing Liu is preparing to move his Rochester restaurant —  Great Wall.

Yong Wing Liu's Great Wall is now at 3110 Wellner Drive N.E., behind Whistle Binkies North.

He plans to move the Chinese eatery to the Silver Lake Shopping Centerin October. Great Wall's new home will be next to Grandma's Kitchenat 1315 N. Broadway.

Biz buzz

I have always attempted to make a splash in the Rochester business community, and it looks like I'll literally get my chance during Tuesday's National Night Outevents.

The Minnesota School of Businessis hosting a community event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its campus at 2521 Pennington Drive N.W. in honor of National Night Out.

This is being done in partnership with the Cimmaron Neighborhood Association.

Expect free food, including hot hogs, nachos, sno-cones and more. A live DJ will be playing music. There will also be games, an inflatable bounce house and much more.


To add to the fun, there will be a dunk tank featuring foolish folks, like newspaper columnists, as targets.

Do you hate the way I use the phrase "Med City"? Have I butchered the spelling of your name or overlooked your business?

This is your chance to take your best shot at me (I'm looking at you, Mr. Answer Man. Heh.) and support a positive neighborhood event.

I won't be the only target. Dunken and Samof the KROC-FM Morning Showwill also take turns in the tank.

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