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On the side Three Lunar New Year celebrations

  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.

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The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, and several local Asian restaurants will be celebrating with dragon dancers. Among them:

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Saigon, 1103 N. Broadway : This Vietnamese restaurant invites dragon dancers into the restaurant every year, and this year, the dancers will be performing during the lunch hour on Friday. The dancing starts at noon. The staff also will be passing out “lucky money” on Friday and Saturday.

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Oh Yeah China Bistro, 3101 N. Rock Road: This east-side Chinese restaurant will have three dragon dancers performing at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Pho Special, 2409 E Pawnee: This Vietnamese restaurant will have dragon dancers on site from noon to 12:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Quick bites

Half-price sushi all month at Wasabi west

After a long wait, the Wasabi Sushi Bar West is finally set to open – and owners are rewarding customers’ patience with a sushi deal. The restaurant, which is at 2404 N. Maize Road near Logan’s Roadhouse, will open for business at 11 a.m. on Monday and will be open for both lunch and dinner daily. Throughout the month of February, it will be offering all of its sushi for half-price, said manager Matt Polk. Plans for the west side Wasabi were first announced in 2012, but the opening was slowed down by construction delays and the fact that Wasabi founders Steve and Jasmine Young were focused on selling their other two Wasabi restaurants. Those two, at 912 E. Douglas and 32432 N. Rock Road, are now operating under new ownership.

The west side Wasabi will have a full bar, Polk said. The menu is almost identical to the menu at the existing Wasabis, he said, but it will have a few new rolls and appetizer options, and the Youngs are also adding some items to the menu that were once popular at the original Wasabi restaurants, including Korean bibimbap and a pork katsu. For more information, call the restaurant at 316-613-3318.

New Paradise Donuts is open

The second location of Paradise Donuts opened on Monday. Marilyn and Hervey Wright III, who opened the first Paradise Donutsat 3107 W. Central back in August, now also have a store at 10607 W. Maple, near Maple and Maize roads. This one is bigger than the original, Marilyn said, and has more of a coffee shop feel. It’s bigger, has some areas of comfortable seating and eventually will be open later in the afternoons to accommodate people or groups such as book clubs in search of afternoon coffee and dessert. The menu includes everything the original Paradise has, including both cake and raised doughnuts as well as breakfast burritos, and items such as cheesecake, pie, muffins and cakes. It also has a fully stocked coffee bar. The hours for the first few weeks are 5 a.m. to noon Mondays through Saturdays and 6 a.m. to noon on Sundays. Then, they’ll extend the hours to stay open until 4 p.m. For more information, call 316-201-6380.

Denise Neil

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