While a lot of bar/restaurants like to highlight the new bells and whistles when opening a second location, the brass at Masu say its Mall of America sequel is virtually identical to the original. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The MOA location will open Sunday on the third floor next to Tony Roma’s. (Here's a peek at the "Mallsu" construction.)
The sushi and robata restaurant made waves when it opened in northeast Minneapolis last year with Tim McKee consulting in the kitchen and Johnny Michaels designing the cocktails. The MOA menu is the same, save for a few additions such as Tokubetsu na men (a noodle bowl special that will change daily). The bar, which won’t be tucked into the corner (as it is in Northeast), will serve 24 sakes, six craft drafts and the same great gummi cocktails.
Details: Opens 11 a.m. Sunday. Mall of America, third floor. www.masusushiandrobata.com.
(Photo from Minneapolis location, Tom Wallace)