Wednesday September 04, 2013 | 04:18 PM

Empire Chinese Kitchen, Portland’s first dim sum restaurant, will open its doors at 11:30 a.m.  Sept. 12.

The restaurant’s kitchen, located at 575 Congress St., will be run by a “Dim Sum Master Chef” from San Francisco who does not speak English, according to Todd Bernard, co-manager of the Empire venue. Theresa Chan, co-owner with Bernard, will be general manager of the restaurant.

Empire Chinese Kitchen will be open daily at 11:30 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday . On Thursday through Saturday, it will remain open until midnight.

The menu, a press release sent out today says, will feature “truly authentic Chinese cuisine and Dim Sum. The menu of traditional and modern 'Chinese soul food' will feature local meats, seafoods, and seasonal produce. The kitchen will be headed by a Dim Sum Master Chef with 40 years’ experience creating specialty dumplings in world class kitchens around the world.”

Empire Dine & Dance closed earlier this year to undergo renovations. The downstairs restaurant area has been completely remodeled over the past six months to serve as a restaurant. The upstairs, opening Sept. 11,  will continue to serve as a music venue featuring both regional and national acts.

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