Discover the diverse and flavorful cuisine found along latitude 14. Prepared by Ann Ahmed and her culinary team, the menu is inspired by their individual connections to Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and neighboring countries.
Meet Our Team
Ann Ahmed Owner / Executive Chef
Chef Ann Ahmed grew up in the kitchen with her mom and grandmother. Ann knew she wanted to own a restaurant ever since she was 14 years old. In 2005, her dream came true - Ann opened Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine in Brooklyn Park. Serving colorful and original dishes inspired by her travels around the world, Ann quickly gained a reputation for her unique Laotian spin on traditional Thai food.
Fast forward to 2018. After 13 years, Lemon Grass has grown from a tiny restaurant with just 10 tables to a larger restaurant with a sushi bar that seats 100. Now, Ann is ready for a new challenge. Lat14 Asian Eatery will allow Ann to experiment with unique flavor profiles without limitations and will give Minnesotans the opportunity to journey to different countries and cultures by experiencing their distinct flavors.
Tommy Goetz General Manager / Beverage Director
A Twin Cities native, Tommy Goetz has been at the heart of the Cities restaurant scene for almost a decade. Goetz recently returned home after spending 3 years in Norway. While abroad, Goetz created and ran Oosterrijsen Brewing Co. He designed and managed a gastropub to serve his beers and a charcuterie wine/cheese café in the resort town where he lived. In addition, he expanded his entrepreneurship and started a nitro cold brew coffee company, No Anchor.
Prior to his success in Norway, Goetz managed Pazzaluna in St. Paul. While there, he redesigned the cocktail and wine menus along with initiating the “Wheels of Italy” event. Goetz has a passion for creating and developing unique and memorable experiences for his guests and with his global entrepreneurial experience and success, he brings a fresh perspective as the Beverage Director and General Manager for Lat14.
Joshua Walbolt Chef de Cuisine
Joshua brings his talent and years of experience to Lat14 as Chef de Cuisine. Having previously worked in New York City under the tutelage of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Joshua moved to Disney Springs to open Morimoto Asia. After returning to Minnesota, Joshua trained under local chefs Alex Roberts, Gavin Kaysen and Tom Kavanaugh. Joshua is excited to bring his Cambodian and Thai roots to the inspired menu at Lat14.
Tate McAllan Sous Chef
Tate has spent nearly ten years in the restaurant industry, beginning his career at Ciatti’s. He managed to work his way up to Executive Sous Chef, all while attending college at St. Cloud State University. In the spring of 2017, he joined Gavin Kaysen’s opening team at Bellecour. While there, Tate split his time between Bellecour and Spoon and Stable. Tate is excited to join the Lat14 team and share his passion for creative and inspired cooking.
Michael Yuen Sous Chef
For as long as he can remember, Michael has always been fascinated by food. After his family immigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong, his father’s family opened several Cantonese-style restaurants in Chicago’s Chinatown in the 1970’s. Michael spent much of his childhood in the kitchen alongside his grandmother. She happily taught him everything she knew about cooking authentic dishes and Michael was eager to learn. Her influence was instrumental in Michael’s decision to pursue a career in the kitchen. He eventually left Chicago for the Twin Cities and attended culinary school at the Art Institute of Minnesota. Soon after graduating in 2016, Michael landed a role as Sous Chef at the Lexington in St. Paul. He’s excited to bring the unique skills he’s learned from his grandmother to the kitchen at Lat14 and honored to be able to tell their story through the dishes he creates.
We are proud to offer our guests a private dining room.
For whatever reason, business or pleasure… lunch or dinner… the Lat14 private room will leave a lasting impression.
“Sneak Peek: Lat 14
A new and exciting Southeast Asian spot is coming to Golden Valley on Sept. 18.”
—Stephanie March Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
"Former Perkins in Golden Valley transformed into sleek southeast Asian restaurant
Even as a kid, Ann Ahmed knew the exact route of her career path. This is someone who wrote her first menu when was she was a sixth-grader."
—Rick Nelson Star Tribune
"Lemon Grass owner to debut new Southeast Asian restaurant in golden Valley
The new spot comes from the owner of a Brooklyn Park restaurant that is widely recognized as boasting some of the Twin Cities' best Thai food."
—Amelia Rayno Star Tribune
“Unlikely Suburban Location Sprouts New Southeast Asian Restaurant
Chef Ann Ahmed will open Lat14 in a former Perkins, next to Highway 55 in Golden Valley September 18 and serve a selection of Thai, [Laotian], and Filipino dishes.”
—Joy Summers Eater Twin Cities
“First look: Lat14 will bring southeast Asian delicacies and nifty DIY drinks to Golden Valley
A communal table faces the open kitchen, illuminated by clear glass pendant lights. By the bathrooms, a pink neon sign reading “From Asia with love” is positioned so that patrons can snap a photo of themselves with the reversed lettering in the opposite mirror.”
—Stacy Brooks Citypages
8815 7th Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm