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The owner of El Meson at 3450 Lyndale Ave. S. is opening another restaurant called Caf Ena at 4601 Grand Ave. S.

The new restaurant will feature strong Mexican flavors blended with French and Italian techniques, said owner Erin Ungerman. Ungerman calls the food Latin fusion and said it would be a step up from the tacos and burritos normally associated with Mexican dishes.

Ungerman's husband, El Meson Executive Chef Hector Ruiz, will also oversee the menu at Caf Ena. The new restaurant is something Ruiz has always wanted to do, Ungerman said.

Construction of the new restaurant is well underway and is scheduled to be complete early this spring. Hours have not been set. For more information, call 822-8062.


France 44 Deli & Market closed Jan. 6 to be remodeled as a wine bar and caf.

Renamed Caf 44, the business should reopen sometime this month, said Vice President Rick Anderson. The change was made to upgrade the establishment's offerings, Anderson said.

The new space is intended to fit in with the Linden Hills and Country Club neighborhoods that border it, according to a press release. It will feature an open kitchen and new dcor, including murals from local artist Allen Brewer.

The menu will feature &#8220Euro-fusion” entrees ranging in price from $12 to $25. Appetizers will range from $5 to $13. An emphasis will be placed on sampling several courses rather than serving one large meal, according to a press release. Some of the old deli's popular lunch items will still be offered at the new restaurant.

For more information, call 278-4444 or go to


Five Restaurant and Street Lounge closed its doors permanently Jan. 14 after just 15 months of operation.

&#8220We didn't have enough business to sustain operation,” said restaurant co-owner Buzz Dachis. Dachis, a real estate investor, called the restaurant an &#8220out-of-the-box, challenging project.”

Five was a high-end contemporary American restaurant that occupied two floors in the old 5th Precinct building at 2917 Bryant Ave. S. The restaurant closed shortly after a chef switch and minor changes to the menu and building ambiance. When the restaurant continued to flounder, investors decided not to sink any more capital into the venture, Dachis said.


The UPS Store moved from 3010 Hennepin Ave. S. to 2751 Hennepin Ave. S.

It opened at its new location Jan. 22.

The store's old space was scheduled to be demolished this spring to make way for The North Face, an outdoor clothing and gear company that will move into a new building at the site.

More space is available for customers inside the new UPS Store, said customer service representative Troy O'Brien. Parking is also easier, he said.

The new UPS Store offers the same packaging, copying and other services as the company's other stores. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 822-0022 or go to


Calhoun Pet Supply will open this month at 901 W. 36th St.

Joe Zhou and his wife Qing Liu, co-owners of convenience store Kyle's Market at 826 W. 36th St., also own the pet supply store. Zhou said they decided to open the new store because of the abundance of dogs, cats and other pets in the area.

&#8220I think it will be convenient for the neighborhood,” said Zhou, who has run Kyle's Market for a dozen years and used to live nearby.

The pet supply store will carry dog and cat food - much of it premium - as well as treats, toys, bathing products and a number of items for small pets. Zhou and his family have owned many pets themselves including a dog, four cats, six rabbits and a hamster, he said.

Zhou was planning to open the pet supply store early this month, though he didn't have an exact date set. The new store can be reached at 824-1094. A website is in the works. To reach Zhou at Kyle's Market, call 823-1703.

Planned hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The hours could change depending on customer needs, Zhou said.