Apoy on 4301 Nicollet Ave. pays tribute to the co-owners’ Filipino roots – Shawn Nafstad was born there and Sherwin Resurreccion came to the US at the age of 11. People with Filipino connections are few in Minnesota, close to 13,000, and organizations such as the Fil-Minnesotan Association are instrumental in fostering connections and celebrating Philipine culture and heritage. Curt Rademacher, the third co-owner, sees Apoy as an extension of Eat Street, which runs just south of Downtown. Apoy means “fire” and the restaurant’s menu builds on the Philippines’ global mix of influences. Live performances take place on the stage–Resurreccion has performed for 15 years with theater groups such as Theater Mu and Nafstad performs stand-up. Theater Mu celebrates and empowers Asian Americans through theater, giving a voice to the community.