St. Paul sushi restaurant Saji-Ya to reopen on Grand Avenue

Saji-Ya Sushi & Japanese Kitchen has announced it will reopen on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue in early November.

The restaurant, which previously occupied space in the same building as Dixie’s on Grand, has been closed for nearly two years while the space has been redeveloped into a five-story, mixed-use apartment complex. It closed for construction in January 2022.

Saji-Ya announced its November reopening on social media Monday. While the specific date has yet to be announced, the restaurant will be located in apartment’s street level at 695 Grand Ave.

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The former Dixie’s on Grand in St. Paul is now a five-story, mixed-use apartment complex.


Bring Me The News has a report that the luxury apartment complex, named the Kenton House, began accepting its first move-ins in September. It also reported that it will house a total of four restaurants. Emmett’s Public House, which also had space in the former building, plans to make its return sometime this fall, but has yet to announce an opening date. The two other restaurants will be new concepts, Bring Me The News reported.

The Kenton House began its $32.5 million redevelopment project after a contentious approval in 2021. Opponents were reportedly concerned about the project’s height, but had their appeal was rejected by St. Paul’s City Council. Peter Kenefick, whose family owns the parcel and both restaurants, partnered with developer Reuter Walton for the transformation. 


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