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Work on new Hastings restaurant, Tokyo Grill, is well under way

Midtown Center is getting a major facelift. Much of the green wooden façade that used to top Thrifty White has been removed in favor of a front to match that of the Salvation Army thrift store, and what's left has been painted to match the walls better.

The reason for the change is an incoming restaurant that will occupy part of the space Thrifty White left vacant. The new restaurant doesn't officially have a name yet, said Ze Qiu, one of those working on getting the family business up and running in Hastings. The family owns two restaurants by the name of Tokyo Grill, one in Northfield and one opening in Hutchinson, but Qiu said they're not sure if the Hastings restaurant will bear the same name. The two Tokyo Grills will only serve Japanese food, he said, while the Hastings restaurant will serve a mix of Asian cuisine. There will be sushi, a hibachi grill and some Chinese and Thai dishes, Qiu said.

The family chose Hastings for its new restaurant because of the potential here.

"There isn't another such restaurant in town," he said.


There's plenty of work to be done inside the building to get it ready. While work has been under way on the exterior, the interior is still totally empty. Before work can begin there, Qiu said they need to get the necessary permit approvals back from the state, which could be done in the next week or two. He said interior work will probably take another two and a half months to complete once work begins.

The family thinks they could open the restaurant sometime around mid-July, Qiu said.