Coconut Whisk Café officially opened in downtown Minneapolis this week. The new cafe is located on the street-level space inside the Young Quinlan Building on 81 S. 9th Street, not far from Nicollet Mall. It is an extension of the Coconut Whisk company founded by Bella (Nhi) Lam, which sells a variety of vegan and gluten-free baking and pancake mixes.
As a Minnesota local, she is thrilled to bring a new and exciting way to eat delicious food in downtown Minneapolis. “In May 2018, I launched Coconut Whisk at farmers’ markets as a struggling college student,” Lam said in a press release. “ Three years later, to be able to launch our brick and mortar in the same month feels like a full circle moment. May is also Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month so it feels extra emotional after such a difficult year for the BIPOC community.”
The menu at Coconut Whisk Café includes mini pancakes, waffles on a stick, boba/bubble tea and Vietnamese coffee. Lam operates Coconut Whisk with partner Myles Olson. The cafe is committed to serving a 100% gluten-free and vegan menu as well as featuring a retail space for BIPOC, womxn, and locally owned brands.
On Thursday, the grand opening of Coconut Whisk included a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as giveaways and specials that will continue until Sunday, May 23. Hours for the Coconut Whisk Cafe are 9-2 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, with days and hours expected to extend in 2022. Visit the Coconut Whisk Café website and Instagram for more information.