MASON CITY — One new Mason City restaurant has opened and another has re-opened following renovations.
Thai Bistro, which serves Thai food and sushi, had its soft opening around 10 days ago at 11 S. Delaware Ave., the former home of the Chop restaurant and Eleven Bar.
On Monday, the China Buffet, which was closed for six months so it could be renovated, reopened with a new look, more seating space and new menu items — including sushi.
Thanakarn “Bank” Piyapongpati, owner of the Thai Bistro, said his restaurant has been busy since it opened early last week.
He is planning a grand opening once he has more staff.
The bistro has daily and weekly specials. The menu includes specialties such as tamarind roasted duck and sweet and sour salmon.
A variety of Thai curry entrees are available. Customers can chose from mild, medium and spicy dishes.
Noodle bowls, fried rice entrees and wok fried entrees also are available.
The sushi menu includes regular and smoked salmon, red snapper, octopus and surf clams, as well as a variety of classic and specialty rolls.
The menus will be adjusted during the soft opening phase, with some items removed and others added.
Beer and wine will be added in a few weeks.
No delivery is offered yet but customers can call ahead to place an order and pick it up, depending on the menu item. The phone number for the Thai Bistro is 641-201-8216.
Current hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday.
Piyapongpati, who used to own a Thai and sushi restaurant in Florida, said he eventually wants the Thai Bistro to be open seven days a week but until more staff is hired “we need to take a break.”
The long wait for the China Buffet at 500 S. Taft Ave. to re-open ended on Monday.
The restaurant, which is owned by Chang Chen and has been in business for more than a decade, now has an additional dining room, new tables and booths, new decor and new tiles and carpet.
The new additions include six 55-inch TVs, a fireplace and a koi pond.
A hibachi grill has been added. In addition to the new hibachi items, the restaurant now serves sushi.