Ornate St. Paul Vietnamese eatery to close after 20-plus years

Check out the koi pond one last time before it's gone.
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Mai Village, a beautiful spot for Vietnamese food in St. Paul is closing in a couple of weeks.

The Little Mekong district restaurant said in a Facebook post that it would close on Nov. 18.

Located on University Avenue near the Western Avenue light rail stop, the eatery nearly closed in 2012 due to financial strife tied to the green line contruction, according to the Pioneer Press. The St. Paul City Council later stepped in to forgive a loan of nearly half a million dollars, Star Tribune reported.

After initially opening in 1992, Mai Village underwent a massive upgrade in 2004 to its current opulent state, ranked among the best-decorated restaurants in St. Paul by Zagat. A koi pond featuring a wooden bridge imported from Vietnam is one of its trademark features.

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