For a case study on successful matriculation from food truck to permanent restaurant, look no further than Hola Arepa. None of its qualities have been lost in translation after landing at 35th and Nicollet. What makes the restaurant such a pleasure is that the owners have managed to capitalize on the bright turquoise truck’s strengths while avoiding the temptations of going too big too soon. And the bar has been forged into a premium cocktail destination that emphasizes creativity and value. No wonder the place is always jammed. 3501 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.; 612-345-5583; holaarepa.com

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