Ann Kim

Co-owner

Vestalia Hospitality

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Ann Kim and her husband and business partner, Conrad Leifur, have pioneered a series of Twin Cities restaurants of brilliant originality. First was Pizzeria Lola in South Minneapolis’ Armatage neighborhood, with its signature French copper pizza oven; then came the evocative, precise, and also pizza-driven Young Joni in Northeast Minneapolis, the latter incorporating more of Kim’s Korean heritage fare. The couple announced this summer that they are taking over the now-shuttered Lucia’s space in Uptown for a Mexican concept to open in 2019. With a new direction in a part of town that has become unfriendly to serious restaurants, the coming year will likely be Ann Kim’s most ambitious yet.