Construction workers seen Thursday put finishing touches to the
exterior of Panda Express, 1200 S. Main St. The restaurant is
scheduled to open Nov. 6.
Ken Merrill/Daily News
looking for dinner out in West Bend, you’ll soon have more options.
Tochi Ramen is
a Japanese noodle soup restaurant nearing its opening at 705 Village
Green Way in the Rivershores development at the site of the former
Imagine Coffee House.
described as a fast casual restaurant serving American Chinese
cuisine, plans to open Nov. 6 at 1200 S. Main St., at the site of a
former Dairy Queen.
Fejzuli, owner of the Mother’s Day Restaurant in Horicon, is
renovating the former Dairy Queen at 501 Wildwood Road into a family
offered at Tochi will be far different from the ramen noodles so
popular among budget-conscious college students. At Tochi, expect
soups with heartier noodles, thicker broths and tastier options.
Ramen is increasing in popularity in the past few years, with
restaurants popping up across the country.
Chef and owner
Gregg Des Rosier was busy preparing for a “sneak peek” dinner for
family and friends Thursday. He expects to open, well, soon.
“I don’t really
want to be swamped. We’re not trying to get rich here,” Des Rosier
said. “You can see that the tables are kind of spread out. We want
to make this our home base and expand from here.”
closed his restaurant of the same name on West Capitol Drive in
Bend. He is a West
Is West Bend
ready for a niche ethnic restaurant?
ago I opened a Cajun restaurant here,” Des Rosier said. “Nobody
thought it could be successful, but it was.”
curious and adventurous, you might want to stop by, say, maybe next
A dozen or more
workmen were swarming over the Panda Express building Thursday.
expect to open Nov. 6,” said Panda Express spokeswoman Thien Ho,
“depending on how quickly we can move food into the store.”
The menu at
Panda Express is heavy on chicken dishes — orange chicken, Kung Pao
chicken, grilled Teriyaki chicken — “Americanized” for Western
palates. The restaurant also offers Shanghai Angus steak, Beijing
Beef, eggplant tofu and honey walnut shrimp, among other entrees.
The cuisine at
Fejzuli’s Horicon restaurant is probably best described as “American
comfort food” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A look through the
windows of the unoccupied restaurant Thursday morning showed booths
and tables set up, but works remains before opening.
purchased the property in May, could not be reached for comment. He
originally hoped to open the restaurant in September.
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