Chain restaurants are fun: Leeann Chin and other Duluth restaurant gossip

So, Leeann Chin is recruiting for employees in Duluth on Craigslist. Where’s that going to go?

And whatever happened to Noodles & Co. coming to the mall?



about 9 years ago

Bwhahaha. That is pretty funny about Chin's.

I hate chains. Why send our money out of the area? I don't like bigger chains because then they have more money to wield around politically, which I also don't like. We have good alternatives to Noodles and Leean Chin.


about 9 years ago

I should have clarified that I was being sarcastic about fun.

But I would still like to know.


about 9 years ago

LeAnn Chin is coming to the former gas station at Woodland & Saint Marie.


about 9 years ago

I don't know if they were a chain, but we were in Superior last night and noticed that Marlee's Caribbean wasn't really doing a brisk business.  This comes as a surprise, as I thought they were killing it. After all, what wasn't to love? Does anyone know when they boarded up the windows?


about 9 years ago

What, Owww, Woww Woww Oooo & Co. isn't quick enough? Sure, they don't have noodles prominently on their menu, but that doesn't mean you can't ask.

Marlee's apparently, unfortunately, can't get their shit together.


about 9 years ago

It doesn't seem like anything can stay very long in Marlee's building.  It's a shame, I like the inside of the place a lot, maybe it's just too big.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

In non-chain restaurant news, the Sunshine Cafe in West Duluth reopens July 5. It's been closed for months due to a family medical issue.


about 9 years ago

I wanted to like Marlee's but the curry I had there was just nasty. Oh well.

Hot Shot

about 9 years ago

I love me some Noodles.

It's great to see something going in by the campuses. Even though we all love our local spots, students want affordable and fast and close by. Perhaps this could kickstart turning the Kenwood/Lower Woodland into a more college-focused area.


about 9 years ago

What is going on with the building that Beijing is in across from Plaza?  I keep expecting to drive by there and see everything bulldozed.


about 9 years ago

Beijing still has a valid lease and CVS has not managed to make a buyout offer that has appealed to them.

The Big E

about 9 years ago

I thought they should have left the car wash gear at the ex-University Service and held foam parties.


about 9 years ago

Personally, I am very excited to hear that a new restaurant that is friendly to college age folks is going to that location. Plus, although it is a chain, it is a Minnesota chain. I do not see a downside.

about 9 years ago

Beijing is our go-to for work lunches...we're pretty excited to have them around for a while.

I think they've got two years or something on their CVS can suck it. (Rolf Flaig's office is still open next door, AFAIK)

Totally not related to our love of the nosh, the old Walgreens building is heavily rumored to be transforming into an Ace Hardware, though I'm not certain when that's gonna take place.

The Armory has bought the old Perkins next door, as well ... things in that hood, despite the Beijing/CVS stalemate, are progressing nicely.

Now just have to convince the bosses to get moving on our Superior Street storefront.

about 9 years ago

My bad. Rolf Flaig's office is now closed.

about 9 years ago

It's official... Leeann's is coming.

Location speculation?


about 9 years ago

My unimpeccable and highly suspect source tells me that Leeann Chin's is moving into the Conoco on the corner of Woodland and St. Marie.

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