LAKE WYLIE — What was old is new again at two former restaurant sites, both with planned August openings.
Shia Asian Bistro and Twin Rivers are planning to open next month, each one in a long-time restaurant location and serving similar cuisine to what was there previously.
Shia, a family name also meaning summer, replaces Japanese steakhouse Sakura at 4547 Charlotte Hwy., suite 104. Sakura closed last year. The Shia family lives in Charlotte and had a restaurant in Gastonia eight years ago. They are planning an upscale Chinese eatery, plus sushi and other Asian dishes.
The inside is being remodeled with Aug. 20 the opening target date. A patio has been built behind the restaurant. Shia will employ about 20, and applications are being accepted.
The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with later hours Friday and Saturday. Shia will include a full bar and catering options. Jewel box lunches, with a choice of entree and sushi roll, range from $6.95 to $8.25. The dinner menu starts with Mandarin entrees from $11.75 to $13.25, and works up to combos with duck, grouper and other items $17 to $19.
Visit shiaasianbistro.com for more information. The phone number, 803-746-5588, will be active Aug. 1.
Down the road, Twin Rivers replaces The River Rat.
“We’re looking at Aug. 17,” said Marc Biscornet, co-owner and manager, said of the opening date.
A new water hook-up finished last week replaces the former well, which was part of the delay in opening.
“The water line didn’t exist when they built the restaurant,” Biscornet said.
About 150 people attended a June job fair, and the owners are almost through sorting about 300 applications. Inside cosmetic work is coming along, and the outside comes next. Jamey Ghantt, who’ll work the front of the house, said residents are coming by the carful to see how they’re progressing.
“We’ve had to work at night to get things done,” he said. “The response has been great. It’s overwhelming.”
A small arcade and gift shop are planned, similar to The River Rat. New will be a to-go window and take-out parking, special events and more. Ghantt said his hope is Twin Rivers won’t be their restaurant, but the community’s.
“We’re not opening doors,” he said. “We’re opening floodgates.”