LAKE WYLIE — Lakeside West development is heating up and cooling down with the addition two new eateries hoping to capitalize on warmer weather ahead.
Cherry, an Asian fusion restaurant on the eastern end of the strip center, opened Wednesday with a staff of about 10. Alex Bui, assistant manager, said they’re hoping to fill the hole left when Lake Wylie’s Japanese restaurant in Plantation Square closed in the fall.
Set to open any time is another Lakeside West addition, Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt. Bruce Kudeck and son Ken will own the franchise, with Ken managing. Fuzzy Peach is a Wilmington, N.C., company with eight locations and plans for nine more, including Fort Mill and Rock Hill by year’s end.
Fuzzy Peach last week hadn’t settled on an opening date.
“We expect to be open either the first or second week of March, probably closer to the end of the second week,” Bruce Kudeck said.
Cherry includes a bar and dining room seating, with space in the back for about 60 diners at three hibachi grills. There’s also a large deck added onto the end near Lake Wylie.
“The summertime is going to be big because of the patio,” Bui said. “When the weather gets better, people will want to sit outside.”
As of opening day, the restaurant was still waiting on its liquor license. The restaurant will offer a range of traditional and Japanese drinks.
Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Bar hours will vary.
Will Fisher with property developer York Development Group said announcements for future tenants at the center are likely in a couple of weeks. There are four spots available. For now, the current lineup includes anchors Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce and the YMCA, along with Sherwin-Williams, i-Color Nail Bar, Cherry and Fuzzy Peach.
“We have some stuff in the works,” Fisher said.
Cherry’s opening means the five largest spots are filled in Lakeside West, including two anchors and both endcaps. QuikTrip also is part of the property, as are two planned buildings as part of a later phase.
“Lake Wylie really starts popping coming into the spring. This is essentially the first summer that it’s been open,” Kudeck said of Lakeside West.