Dragon Room Asian restaurant plans to open in Columbia Vista

Dragon Room Asian restaurant plans to open in Columbia Vista

A well known Columbia restaurateur and businessman is ready to launch a brand new Asian tapas restaurant within the capital metropolis’s Vista nightlife and leisure district.

Kristian Niemi, who owns Bourbon on Columbia’s Fundamental Avenue and the Black Rooster in West Columbia close to the Gervais Avenue bridge, plans to open The Dragon Room restaurant at 803 Gervais St., the previous spot of Ristorante Divino. The affirmation got here throughout an episode of Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann’s “Around Town” podcast, which featured a wide-ranging dialog that touched on every thing from the evolution of the Columbia restaurant scene to Niemi’s affinity for ice hockey.

“The Dragon Room might be a cocktail bar and Asian izakaya,” Niemi mentioned on Rickenmann’s present.

In response to, the phrase “izakaya” interprets to “stay-drink-place,” and institutions generally known as izakaya are ubiquitous in Japan. They’re “locations the place folks come to unwind with co-workers and associates.”

In his dialog with the first-term Columbia mayor, Niemi didn’t provide a timeline for when The Dragon Room would possibly open.

The restaurateur and chef indicated the menu at The Dragon Room can be numerous.

“It is going to be small dishes,” Niemi mentioned. “It is going to be like avenue meals from all of the totally different Asian nations.”

The Bourbon and Black Rooster proprietor famous his admiration for the tapestry of worldwide eating places that dot Columbia’s Decker Boulevard and mentioned he needs diners to get a style of a number of nations on the coming Dragon Room.

“The Dragon Room will provide (numerous) issues in smaller parts to be able to actually do a tour by in every single place from jap India, all the way in which up by China, down by Korea, down by Thailand, Bangkok, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, all these nations and all the outstanding avenue meals and conventional house meals, and a mixture and match of these issues,” Niemi instructed the mayor.

This story was initially revealed Could 24, 2022 2:48 PM.

Chris Trainor has been working for newspapers in South Carolina for greater than 17 years, together with earlier stops on the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Free Instances. He’s the winner of quite a few South Carolina Press Affiliation awards, together with honors in column writing, authorities beat reporting, profile writing, meals writing, election protection and extra.

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