Biz buzz: A second try at Thai

The fast-growing community of Uptown Thai restaurants has a new member: Roat Osha, at Hennepin & 27th.

And in a sense, it’s all in the Thai-restaurant family — it’s the creation of Steve and Somsap Hein, the owners of Tum Rup Thai, a short walk away on Lake Street. And it replaced Sawatdee, which Somsap Hein used to be a partner in.

The cuisine, of course, is similar to Tum Rup Thai’s, though the menu is entirely new and includes a number of unique takes on the stir-fry and curry fare. Prices — generally between $10 and $20 for entrees — are in line with similar restaurants. There’s a large, separate bar that serves tropical-themed cocktails and other specialty drinks. There’s an outdoor patio.

And yes, there’s a parking lot.

After Sawatdee closed, the Heins intended on remodeling the building, which wasn’t always the most inviting place, Steve Hein said. Then they tore it down and built a new one. "It’s a lot nicer," he said.

Roat Osha opened in early December and even though it didn’t do much advertising in its first weeks or announce a grand opening, business is already better than it was at Sawatdee, Hein said.  

"It’s a fun, upscale atmosphere; the neighborhood likes it," Hein said.

Roat Osha is located at 2650 Hennepin Ave. S. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to midnight on Sunday. For more info, call 377-4418 or visit

Blowing in on the Tosca

Harvey McLain’s long-awaited Linden Hills venture, an Italian place called Tosca, has arrived.

McLain had considered for some time opening a restaurant in the space attached to his 44th Street Turtle Bread location, but got wrapped up in other projects over the years, including opening Café Levain in South Minneapolis.

One of McLain’s first moves was hiring on chef Landon Schoenefeld, who launched The Bulldog restaurant in Whittier and has had a hand in the cuisine of several Minneapolis restaurants, including Barbette, Brasa, 112 Eatery, Café Lurcat, and others.

Schoenefeld has bounced around long enough that he calls himself the Kevin Bacon of cooks. "There’s never more than six degrees of separation between me and anyone else in the kitchens in town," he said.

Tosca’s cuisine is modeled after a "rustic Italian" theme, Schoenefeld said. Right now the restaurant serves breakfast and lunch — including omelettes, frittatas, sandwiches, pastas and more — and plans to launch its dinner menu, along with a full bar, in late January.

"I’m pretty proud of the food," Schoenefeld said. "I just hope it catches on."

Tosca is located at 3421 W. 44th St. in the Turtle Bread building. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week, though the hours will expand once the restaurant begins serving dinner. Call 924-6013 for more info.

Shopping for clothes, June style

Resale shops, while prominent on the coasts, haven’t caught on in flyover country yet. Daune Stinson hopes to change that.

Earlier this month Stinson opened June, a higher-end women’s clothing resale store that offers everything from ski jackets and dresses to handbags and accessories, by both well- and lesser-known designers.

Resale simply means that Stinson buys clothes outright, rather than offering consignment. It’s a simple business model for someone who serves as owner, manager and sole employee, and allows her to curate the store’s selection to match her and her customers’ tastes.

June is Stinson’s first foray into owning a small business. She spent years working as a reporter and freelance writer, but as her daughter prepared last year to leave for college, Stinson began considering a transition of her own.

It didn’t take her long to settle on what she wanted to do.

"I’ve had an obsessive passion for clothing and fashion and that whole world since I was little," she said.

June will eventually expand to include men’s clothing, Stinson said; she’s received dozens of requests even in the short time she’s been open. The store also stocks a select number of new items that Stinson purchases during trips to other cities.

June is located at 3406 Lyndale Ave. S. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More info on the store and what clothing it accepts online at or call 354-3970.

JP Samuelson lands at Nick & Eddie

A few months after closing his Lyn-Lake restaurant, JP American Bistro, JP Samuelson has again landed close to home. Samuelson, a Lyndale resident, is now working as the second chef at Nick & Eddie, the Loring Park restaurant.