It’s taken seven years for the Duong family to turn the massive old manufacturing facilty on 38th and Superior into the Asiantown Center . There’s still work going on inside this two story urban mall and many empty spaces waiting for tenants, but the place is already destination-worthy.
The public spaces are gorgeous- renovated and redesigned with a kind of gritty elegance infused with Asian aesthetic, and decorated with orignal pieces of art. And a 20,00 square foot grocery store, stocking products from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philipines- replacing the Asia Food Market on St. Clair which closed in April-is now open for business. There’s live fish, fresh meat and produce, bbqed pork and whole roasted ducks, and an in-house bakery, plus an in-store cafe.
After my guided tour yesterday courtesy of Alexandre Duong and his sister Angela, I polished off a wonderful Vietnamese lunch of rice paper rolls and a cold chicken and rice noodle salad, and headed home with a container of shrimp noodle soup and savory meat and bean paste filled buns for supper.
This Friday night, June 4, is a great time to check it out. Asiantown Center is hosting an art festival from 7-11 PM with works by local talent on display, live music, and good things to eat.
The project began because the Duongs needed a larger space for the market, but quickly grew into something much bigger. They had a vision of the possible, hung in during the recession and have brought something exciting to the city and the neighborhood. This family venture is the kind of development and the spirit Cleveland needs, and they deserve our praise and support.