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Business Profile: Chin Dian

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Chin Dian owners Nina Wong and Thomas Gnananpragasam

In 2005, Nina Wong opened Chin Dian on Hennepin Avenue in Southeast Como after working at her family’s restaurant, Rainbow Chinese, for 18 years. With her husband, Thomas Gnanapragasam, the two combine dishes from Nina’s Chinese and Vietnamese background with dishes from Thomas’ Indian and Malaysian background. Fan favorites include the Chow Mai Fun, Curry Chicken, and the Madras Chicken, Nasi Lemak. In addition to serving food, Nina and Thomas have started a professionally curated art gallery attached to the restaurant that features different local artists each month.
Chin Dian has accessed support from the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) through MEDA, and received assistance with construction bidding and contracting, marketing plans for the building, and rebranding design.  

Currently in its 12th year of business, Chin Dian will undergo a rebranding and will add some new dishes to the menu. Nina says that her favorite part of owning a restaurant is making her customers happy and comfortable with good, unique food. 

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Last updated Apr 17, 2017

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