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Mediterranean Grill and Bakery to Open in Boston Garden Space

Twin Cities chef Bill Ansari plans to open Adam Basha Café in February.

Hopkins’ Mainstreet is trading in Boston for the Mediterranean.

Twin Cities chef Bill Ansari plans to open Adam Basha Café: American Mediterranean Grill and Bakery at 1019 Mainstreet, the site of the former Boston Garden. 

The restaurant will have a rotating menu of specials from countries across the Mediterranean, plus American-themed entrees. The bakery will offer subs, donuts, bread baked fresh daily and pies—including raspberry pie in honor of Hopkins. Catering services will also be available.

“Fresh and healthy food—that’s the name of the game,” Ansari said, adding. “I make the best baklava in the world.”

Ansari is no stranger to the restaurant business. He’s been a chef for 35 years. His family owns Gyros Grill in Bloomington, Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill & Lounge in Eagan and Mediterranean Cruise Café in Burnsville. He’s also been at the State Fair.

The Burnsville resident is rooted in the same region as the food he cooks. He was born in Jerusalem and is married to a woman with Moroccan and French ancestry.

He said he’s gotten to know Hopkins over the years—going to the Hopkins Center for the Arts, attending the movie theater and selling food at last year’s Raspberry Festival—and saw a chance to bring a new type of food to the community.

“I feel like the people in Hopkins are so cool, so friendly, so nice,” Ansari said. “They need this type of food.”

Ansari plans a full remodel with an opening in the beginning to the middle of February. Prices will range from the $5 range for subs to $22 for steaks. 

“It’s going to be a nice, nice place,” Ansari promised.

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Sample menu items

Chef Bill Ansari plans to have numerous menu items from around the Mediterranean and the United States. Many of the menu items will rotate, so diners can always expect to find something new.

American

  • New York: Pizza
  • Chicago: Hot Dogs
  • California: Organic
  • Colorado: Omelette
  • Minnesota: Walleye
  • Steaks and Tex-Mex

International

  • Mediterranean islands: Seafood every Friday
  • France: Couscous
  • Italy: Pizza and calzones
  • Greece: Gyros
  • Jerusalem: lamb shank, falafel, hummus
  • Turkey: shish kebab, doner kebab
  • Jaffa, Israel: Fish
  • Lebanon: Kibbi
  • Egypt: Molokhia
  • Tunisia: Lamb bamia
  • Morocco: Couscous, tagine

 

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Anna M. Gachuzo December 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Mary, Great Mediterranean food, a more pleasing atmosphere, a top notch chef at the helm, what's horrible about that? Bill David Ansari will make you a devote of his cooking! Ansari is a respected name in The Twin Cities Culinary circles so have no fear and enjoy the food!
Michelle Hanlon Borland December 20, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I grew up in the Biston Garden so it's sad I can't go visit, but I wish the new restaurant the best of luck. Hopkins is an awesome town!!
Michelle Hanlon Borland December 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
"Boston" :)
Matthew Kilanowski December 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
There was a follow-up article: http://hopkins.patch.com/articles/boston-garden-owner-mediterranean-restaurant-no-sure-thing Felix and Kristy are just retiring, and they haven't shut down yet. So, while it's sad to see them go, I suppose it's just the end of one chapter in their lives and the opening of another.
h147 January 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Is there any update on this space or project? It looks empty. I think it would be nice if the patch updated the public on the empty spaces on main street and if anything new is moving in.

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