Rice Thai, Good Fortune, Five Bar, DQ and Andaz
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.
Rice Thai Sushi & Asian Fusion held a soft opening Friday at 3550 SW 34th St., featuring a limited version of its menu.
Owner Niran “Nick” Narapanya said the soft opening menu did not include the Asian fusion or sushi items, which will be added later to the full menu. The menu now offers basic Thai food, including Pad Thai. Prices start at about $10 for lunch and $12 for dinner.
The restaurant will continue to serve lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and for dinner from 5-9 p.m. The grand opening should be in about a month, he said.
Good Fortune Buffet
A new Asian buffet has replaced the former China Super Buffet at 1900B SW 13th St. The new restaurant, Good Fortune Buffet, opened Nov. 9 under new management.
The new owner, Yujin Zheng, said the buffet offers Asian food, sushi and hibachi. Prices range from $8 for lunch and $11 for dinner. A $9 special is offered all day on Sundays.
Zheng said people have been surprised when they come into the restaurant because the atmosphere is completely different from the previous buffet.
Five Bar is slated to open Jan. 15 at 104 S. Main St., according to co-owner Cris Eddings. The menu will offer five entrees, five bar snacks, five signature cocktails, five red wines and five white wines -- hence the restaurant’s name. Entrees will include cheeseburgers, fried chicken and a seafood gumbo, among others, ranging from $12 to $26.
Co-owner Charles Morgan owns a wholesale seafood market that supplies Five Bar with fresh seafood.
Five Bar has two locations in Alabama and one in Georgia.
“We always just loved Gainesville,” Eddings said. “There are great restaurants here, and we want to be part of the growth and flourishing of the downtown area.”
Dairy Queen has opened at 24252 Newberry Road in Newberry. The DQ Grill and Chill restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to its sweet treats.
Indian restaurant Andaz has taken over Jolie, the banquet space next door at 12 W. University Ave.
The Andaz Indian Restaurant opened about four months ago and took over Jolie on Nov. 15. Owner Parvesh Khirbat said Andaz will cater the events, offering various cuisine options not limited to the restaurant’s menu.
He said Jolie has been there for last 15 years, so he decided to keep the name Jolie to preserve its ties to Gainesville.