Port Arthur Cafe was a landmark restaurant in Minneapolis, one of the most well-known Minneapolis Chinese restaurants according to the Star Tribune (3/20/1987), that was at Hennepin and Lake from 1932 until 1987. Started by Tom Foy in 1932, 55 years later he sold it to Fong Hing Kong and Poy Won Kong. The Kong’s operated it for 22 years and then opened a second location in a building they bought in New Hope. Due to difficulties in operating two locations, they opted to continue to operate their newer location in the real estate they owned.
Port Arthur Cafe’s Lake Street business was sold to Ham Chanh Nguyen, who re-opened it as Kimson Vietnamese Cuisine in 1987.
The restaurant was located at 1427 West Lake Street, the building that today houses the American Apparel store. The ad is from 1981.