Light Rail Construction Has Popular Restaurant Facing Foreclosure

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The owners of a Vietnamese restaurant in St. Paul are hoping their friends, family and customers will come to their aid.

Mai Village on University Avenue is facing foreclosure if the owners can’t come up with $150,000 in the next several weeks.

My Dung Nguyen she and her husband spent $4 million renovating the restaurant, and then with the economic downturn, it went from bad to worse.

“Somehow now, it’s come to the point, when they started the light rail, we get into a deeper and deeper hole that we wont be able to get out of,” Nguyen said.

They have set up a Facebook page called “Save Mai Village” for people to make donations.

The Met Council has tried to help businesses who are struggling during light rail construction. A spokesperson says the council has offered $11 million so far in assistance.

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