Union Hmong Kitchen, which has been operating for five years without a dedicated long-term space, will soon have a more permanent home.
The kitchen is moving to Graze Provisions and Libations, a food court in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, according to a press release. The plan is to open on October 29, assuming all permits arrive on time.
“We started in our trailer, and we were able to do so much from that small space, then we moved to other people’s kitchens, now this place will be just us,” said Yia Vang, the chef. renamed behind UHK. “We are so excited to settle down and have a home.”
Vang promises “hearty” meals, such as “Zoo Siab,” as well as snacks, sandwiches and noodle bowls, as well as late-night meals, all inspired by traditional Hmong flavors. It will be open seven days a week, with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as take out.
Union Hmong Kitchen had previously been in residency at several locations, including in a trailer at Sociable Cider Werks, followed by Republic and Mid City Kitchen.
Vang is one of the seven siblings. He was born in Taiwan and, like many Hmong refugees, came to the United States. They first settled in Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota, where Vang is now a celebrity chef and host of Taste, a series on food and culture on TPT.
In addition to operating in Graze, Vang plans to open a new restaurant, Vinai, in northeast Minneapolis next year.