Amidst growing competition, Dinkytown Asian cuisine seeks to differentiate

Amidst growing competition, Dinkytown Asian cuisine seeks to differentiate

…Asian fusion restaurant Burrigato opened April 2017. When co-owners Korra Ektanitphong and Daniel Ringgenberg were looking for a space, Ektanitphong said they chose Dinkytown because there was less direct competition. She was surprised at how quickly the restaurant demographic shifted after Burrigato’s opening…

Celebrate Burrigato's grand opening with totally free burritos and bowls

Celebrate Burrigato's grand opening with totally free burritos and bowls

The Dinkytown Mexi-Asian fusion restaurant from UMN alums Korra Ektanitphong and Daniel Ringgenberg opened in April (on 4/20, actually -- a fitting debut for a place that burrito-izes authentic Asian fare). At the time, the pair told the Minnesota Daily they'd have a grand opening later in the year, once U students were back on campus.

She wanted Asian food, he wanted Chipotle — they fused both in a new Dinkytown restaurant.

She wanted Asian food, he wanted Chipotle — they fused both in a new Dinkytown restaurant.

…On April 20, Burrigato opened at 314 15th Ave. SE in Dinkytown. The restaurant takes dishes from Thailand, Japan and Korea and puts them into a burrito or bowl in under five minutes.

“You usually have to sit down [for Asian food]. It’s a full 30-minute to an hour experience,” Ektanitphong said. “We really wanted to develop a concept that is authentic Asian food that is fast and convenient…