Yummy House China Bistro opens; Key West Cigar Lounge has closed

Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.

Yummy House China Bistro opened Friday at 7605 Newberry Road, the former KFC location that last housed the short-lived Asian Cafe.

According to its website, Yummy House offers real Cantonese dim sum - which includes a wide variety of small-portion dishes - and authentic Chinese food.

Owners John Zhao and Tommy Tang are from Toishan, China, and own four other Yummy House restaurants - three in Tampa and one in Sarasota.

Ameraucana Wood Fire

Ameraucana Wood Fire makes its debut this weekend as one of five food trucks stationed in the parking lot of the High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave., for its No Fest? No Problem! event.

Owner Tyler Black said he has a wood-fired oven on a trailer from which he cooks pizza made with a wild yeast-fermented sourdough crust topped with meat from heritage breed animals; charcuterie-preserved sausage, salami and ham; and farm-raised vegetables. He will also offer a dish with ratatouille over grits.

Ameraucana refers to the breed of chicken that Black raises on his seven-acre farm in Alachua.

Black was raised in Gainesville and recently returned after attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and working in the restaurant industry in Philadelphia.

Key West Cigar Lounge

Key West Cigar Lounge closed on Oct. 11 after a little more than a year in business at 16 SW First Ave.

The owners could not be reached for comment but an Oct. 9 Facebook post says they are looking for another location in Gainesville. The post refers to terms in their lease regarding smoke and a ton of money spent on “numerous remedies” to the smoke that did not satisfy the landlord.

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