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In 1999 Myoung Kim, affectionately known as Yumi, opened Yumi’s Sushi Bar in Excelsior, just a short walk from the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Her goal was to serve the highest quality sushi with exceptional hospitality, and as owner/operator of the restaurant for over 20 years, she delivered. In 2018, as Yumi neared retirement, two of her regular patrons and local restaurateurs Aaron Switz and Mikael Asp, became owners and operators, ensuring the legacy of Yumi not only continues but grows.
Yumi the name, as written in Japanese characters, translates to dedication, freedom, excellence and beauty, and upon those ideals and the long-established traditions of hospitality, the new owners have refreshed the original Excelsior location, and in 2020 opened Yumi’s Japanese Restaurant + Bar in Saint Paul’s historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood.