Cloud 9 Asian Bistro has been open for a few weeks now and has been a hit with Duluthians and frequent visitors. “The layout of the restaurant is really neat,” said Eric Krull, a student who attends University of Minnesota Duluth. “It has a modern Japanese feel. When my friend and I went there we ate at the sushi bar. We felt a little underdressed. Having been to Osaka by the mall a few times I thought we would have been good in what we were wearing. The employee’s are great and made sure we did saki bombs.”
Located next to Grizzly's in Canal Park, Cloud 9 has a casual feel. The managers of Cloud 9 also own Osaka Sushi which is located in the Burning Tree Plaza.
The Asian Bistro opened just in time for Grandma’s Marathon providing runners and visitors a new place to eat. The location provides the restaurant a chance to serve visitors of Duluth who don’t venture far from downtown or Canal Park.
“My family and I come up here a few times every year and always love to eat in Canal Park,” said Tracy Plutt of Albert Lea. “Well, when we come up here we eat at Grandma’s where I assume most tourists go also. This time I saw the sign for Cloud 9, my family and I love hibachi so we gave it a shot. The decorations on the inside are wonderful. The servers and other employees were also fantastic.”
Cloud 9 offers a sushi bar and hibachi. Along with Japanese they have Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese on their menu. The location of Cloud 9 was once occupied by an authentic Thai restaurant called Thai Krathong which shut down last September.
A big hit for Cloud 9 is the design of the restaurant. The bar has a modern Japanese look that has a golden cat statue located at the end. The dining room has a big golden statue of Buddha that is the vocal point of the room, with Asian decorations located all around.
Along with eating at the sushi bar or in the dining room customers have the option to order online for pick up.
With a great dining experience and delicious food that is located in Canal Park, Cloud 9 has had a good first month.