Birk  Grudem

Birk Grudem


About Birk Grudem

Birk Grudem and his partner, Chef Christina Nguyen started Hola Arepa as a food truck in 2011. Though the truck has been mostly in hibernation since they opened their brick & mortar restaurant in 2014, you can always enjoy their arepas, other dishes & cocktails in a space inspired by their travels to beach towns and charming old cafes in South America, Central America and Mexico. The two recently opened Hai Hai, a Southeast Asian street food restaurant & bar in Northeast Minneapolis. The restaurant won Eater's 2018 restaurant of the year award.

At My Venues

Seasonal Cocktails
$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Arepas, Lyndale
"Cocktail menu changes, but recommended definitely getting a drink here (or a few). They do happy hour and brunch! Photographed was the Summer Horchata, house-made horchata base was on point. And a slushie drink which was balanced and smooth."
Silver Dollar Cachapas (brunch)
$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Arepas, Lyndale
"All of brunch was great, but I think about these and want to create a cachapa that was as good as these. Corn pancake with bacon, cojita, jalapeño, and chipotle maple syrup. I wish they made an entree size (and an Austin location)."