More Asian restaurants opening soon

A new taste of the east is coming to Lake Wylie.

Several new restaurants are adding their twists to the local Asian food scene. Thai Fusion is under construction in Anchor Shops Place.

Seu Moua, running back and forth between the endcap restaurant and his Lake Wylie Dry Cleaners in the same shopping center, has worked in family restaurants. But Thai Fusion will be his first time running one.

“It’ll be strictly Thai food,” Moua said. “I’ll incorporate some different dishes.”

The restaurant sign went up recently, but work inside the restaurant will take a while longer. Gais Construction is converting the empty space for restaurant use. Moua said best case, it will take a couple of months.

“If I’m lucky, maybe early November,” he said.

Another restaurant soon to show signs of progress in Mill Creek Commons will add a Japanese influence. Lisa Nguyen, co-owner of the Sake Express under construction on S.C. 557, said the restaurant could open by the end of the year.

“We’re aiming for late this year or early next year,” she said, “depending on how the weather holds up.”

Piping and plumbing are in, and a slab should be poured within a week or so, Nguyen said Thursday afternoon.

“Once the slab is in place, the building should start to go up pretty quickly,” she said.

Sake Express has other locations in the area since first opening in Gastonia, N.C. The new restaurant will be similar to existing ones.

An existing Asian restaurant has changed management, but not the food customers have come to expect. Shia Asian Bistro is now Rainbow Asian Bistro at 4547 Charlotte Highway. Shia and Jean Teng, the couple who began the restaurant, are turning it over to family members who trained under them. Managers Tony Huang and Ying Chen say customers can still find their usual favorites.

“The menu is similar,” Huang said.

Hibachi and other options will be added soon. The restaurant is working to get a new liquor license, so drinks will follow.

“We’ve got a lot of new entrees and also lots of new sushi specials,” Chen said.

The new name begins a new chapter for the restaurant, despite its many similarities to Shia Asian Bistro.

“The rainbow is everything that is done,” Chen said. “We’ll have a new beginning.”

The additions come to an already popular Asian food scene in Lake Wylie. Existing restaurants include Best China, Cherry Asian Fusion and Panda Express.

John Marks: 803-831-8166