Photograph by Caitlin Abrams
People dining in Japanese street food restaurant
Over the past few months, several spacious restaurants have closed, while smaller joints seem to be popping up all over. Take PinKU, the new counter-service Japanese street food restaurant that opened in Northeast Minneapolis earlier this summer. The 960-square-foot room includes the entire kitchen and storage area, as well as seating for 32 people. But far from feeling cramped, the space has a fresh, modern vibe that plays well with the small trays and metal chopsticks, and dishes like seared salmon fat rolls, crispy pot stickers, and jumbo crispy shrimp with rice. Smaller space, lower rent, and efficiency of service also means that nothing on the menu is more than $10. Now, that’s a trend to get behind.