New local restaurants offer fresh options

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As the Masters Tournament came to town, several restaurants opened their doors.

Chef Justin Davis pours sauce onto a stir-fry at Soy Noodle House. The downtown eatery serves a variety of Asian cuisine.   Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Chef Justin Davis pours sauce onto a stir-fry at Soy Noodle House. The downtown eatery serves a variety of Asian cuisine.

Difficult economic times haven't stopped restaurateurs from bringing new food choices to the Augusta-Aiken area. Several owners said they were trying to bring more diverse options.

Since Antonio's Italian Eatery opened at 336 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta in February, sales have been strong and growing, manager Tom Langley said.

It is a venture by Frank and Donna Gentile, the former owners of Casa di Pizza. The staff of the pizzeria has received positive feedback, Langley said.

"The building was here. All the pieces of the puzzle were there. They decided not to pass up the opportunity," Langley said.

Fusion Cuisine owner Swapna Sharma noticed a void in the local restaurant industry and wanted to bring the fusion concept to Augusta. In her native New York, Sharma was accustomed to having foods from various cultures under one roof, she said.

"The fusion concept is not here at all in Augusta. Ours is the first one," Sharma said.

The restaurant at 2910 Washington Road has a 30-item lunch buffet that features Chinese, American, Indian and Pakistani food.

Soy Noodle House opened March 29 at 1032 Broad St., the former site of T-Boy's Po-Boys. Owners Mia and Sae Shin, who are Korean, wanted to bring some of their favorite foods to downtown. Soy Noodle House serves foods from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam.

"We eat this food all the time, and there wasn't a place downtown that offered it," Sae Shin said.

Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant opened its ninth location at 2 Eighth St. last week. The owners closed their location in St. George, S.C., and moved downtown to fill a void in the marketplace, co-owner Teodosio Estrada said.

Two replacement restaurants are coming to west Augusta: Pickle's, opening at the site of an old Raisin Cane's on Furys Ferry Road, and Carolina Ale House, which is moving into the former Tony Roma's in Augusta Exchange.

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soldout
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soldout 04/17/10 - 11:58 am
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Eating out has really become

Eating out has really become a normal lifestyle which is also hurting the health of a lot of folks. It can destroy a budget and make the economic times a lot tougher. It is fine it you choose to do it but don't complain about being in financial trouble at the same time. The good thing is that if you do it a lot you have a easy place to cut expenses if you run into hard times. I heard someone say that eating healthy at home is too expensive and eating out doesn't cost more. If you want to see how wrong that is; go out and eat a $12 dollar pizza. Then go buy $12 dollars of brown rice, cook it all and see if you can eat all of it as easily as you ate the $12 pizza.

countyman
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countyman 04/17/10 - 12:08 pm
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The economy continues to

The economy continues to improve in Augusta. New hotels, stores, and restuarants opening all over the metro.

KSL
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KSL 04/17/10 - 12:09 pm
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I prefer the pizza. It visits

I prefer the pizza. It visits more food groups.

KSL
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KSL 04/17/10 - 12:11 pm
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Countyman, some of those new

Countyman, some of those new restaurants are opening where others closed down. That is not a net gain in those instances. It is better than nothing opening and the building sitting empty.

momma mia
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momma mia 04/17/10 - 12:16 pm
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My daughter and I went to

My daughter and I went to Antonio's for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The food was mediocre at best. Pizza Hut makes better pizza. The service was absolutely horrendous. There were hardly any other guests in the restaurant, and numerous servers just standing around. The woman who took care of us was slow, incompetent (couldn't seem to remember what we ordered and didn't bother to write it down), and rude. I saw her treating another table of guests equally poorly. We were seated close enough to them to hear them tell her they didn't want garlic on an item, and she asked them "well did you eat this?" (pointing to something on their table) "it had garlic in it." I will never spend another dime in this terrible restaurant again.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/17/10 - 03:04 pm
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soldout, it's funny that

soldout, it's funny that you've posted your comment. Just last night, my wife and I had the same conversation. A quick look at our bank account online showed how many times we ate out and how much money we were spending. It's pretty sobering to realize it. And you were right in that the only good news is that we know exactly where we can cut back to save some money. And momma mia, you jumped on my sensitive nerve in that I can handle mediocre food, but NOT bad service! There's no reason for it. I really hope the people at Antonio's read your post, print it out, and show it to there staff. Sometimes these employees just don't realize what an impression they make on their customers. The owners absolutely need to know it, otherwise they can find themselves losing alot of money and closing down...all because of some employees who don't care!

countyman
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countyman 04/17/10 - 03:32 pm
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More new restuarants/stores

More new restuarants/stores in metro Augusta.

Grovetown
http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/georgia/89634162.html

The main reason you see all these new companies, hotels, restaurants, stores, etc. Augusta is ranked the 6th best building market in america. According to Businessweek Magazine.
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/09/0917_booming_housing_markets/7.htm

KatieLou
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KatieLou 04/17/10 - 03:33 pm
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There is a new bakery getting

There is a new bakery getting ready to open on the corner of Evans to Locks and Blue Ridge Drive, called Lily's. I had some of their scones and bread down at the Augusta Market at the River today and they were wonderful. Best scones I've ever tasted.

Bye-bye Panera and Atlanta Bread Company.

countyman
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countyman 04/17/10 - 06:39 pm
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Another new restaurant in

Another new restaurant in metro Augusta(Martinez). Another sign of the population growing. Developers are noticing the new homes/neighborhoods.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/17/10 - 06:45 pm
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population may be growing in

population may be growing in Columbia County where this new restaurant is located, but it is not growing in Augusta.

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chel 04/17/10 - 07:47 pm
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@momma mia: I totally agree

@momma mia: I totally agree with your report on Antonio's on N.A. I made the mistake of getting a steak sub to go after one of the waitresses stated it was the best. I paid over $10 for a medium ice tea (I asked for a large) and a small sub. No sides! They had three waitresses and someone who I guess would serve as the hostess and she was on the phone at the counter with what sounded like a boyfriend the way she was talking to him. Terrible experience and the steak tasted like the Steakum you buy in the grocery store. Not good! Will never go back!

countyman
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countyman 04/17/10 - 08:16 pm
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Carolina Ale House, Hibach

Carolina Ale House, Hibach Grill, Fusion Cuisine, Pickle's, Soy Noodle House, Mi Rancho, etc are all in Richmond county.

Any real estate agent in Augusta. Will tell you Willhaven was the fastest selling neighborhood in 2009. It's located in Richmond county(West Augusta).

Dang why developers are building a 53 acre mix-use development in Richmond county? Why developers when a poster just said Augusta isn't growing lol. Say it so pa.
http://www.edgewooddevelopmentgroup.com/communities.html

Another developer wants to build a 306 acre mix-use development in Ricmond county. The plan includes a marina, some commercial development and potentially 500 residential units."
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/90789364.html

countyman
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countyman 04/17/10 - 08:13 pm
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I remember someone saying

I remember someone saying before. The Hyatt wasn't going to get built. The hotel starts construction in June.

Augusta is ranked 6th best in new building permits. There are overe 30 new neighborhoods in Richmond county alone.

Why are developers building this in Richmond county? I though't the population isn't growing. Say it so pa.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22130348@N06/4509284310/sizes/o/

corgimom
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corgimom 04/17/10 - 08:55 pm
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"Say it so pa." Somebody

"Say it so pa."

Somebody interpret this for me.

I guess someone is of the opinion that opening of restaurants means the population is growing. Too bad their grasp of "disposable income" is so limited.

During the time that Augusta was declining in population, restaurants opened too. But that fact escapes some.

The truth is that the restaurant business is very easy to break into. It also has one of the highest failure rates of any business catagory. Restaurant openings don't mean much, especially in times of high unemployment. It is a highly competitive business, with little barriers to entry, and many people who cannot find a job open restaurants in lieu of a job- and find out that it's a whole lot harder than they thought.

Developers have to build to stay in business, no matter what the economic times are. Augusta is known as a town where people love to buy new houses, unlike other municipalities. While it looks good on paper, the truth is that it leads to decay, and it is one of the reasons why Augusta is one of the cheapest housing markets in the country. It's way overbuilt and there is too much supply to meet demand. It's great for new-house developers, but the resale market in Augusta is terrible. And every new house buyer turns into a seller at some point- and then that's where the real problem starts.

Hey Countyman, if Augusta is growing, why are there so many vacant businesses in Augusta? Why is there a glut of business space?

The humor on this board is the best entertainment anywhere.

countyman
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countyman 04/17/10 - 10:03 pm
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The links I provided show the

The links I provided show the deal. People can click on the links and see the developments for themselves. I love watching the new neighborhoods pop up in Augusta. So many new homes to choose from Elderberry, Spirit Pointe, Willhaven, Emporium Condos, Granite Hill, Richmond Estates, The Hamptons, Walton Farms, Riverstone, Hopetown Villas, Mayo Townhomes, River Park Commons, Costwolds Place, Windsor Townhomes, etc. Why developers?

Plus more? Wow!
http://www.carnesplaceaugusta.com/
http://www.brookstoneaugusta.com/
http://www.edgewooddevelopmentgroup.com/communities.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22130348@N06/4509284310/sizes/o

What another new residential area? A 30 acre townhome community off washington rd/boy scout rd/I-20. It's already under construction.
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=3978

What developers are building another new residential area? Magnolia Ridge located off Stevens Creek rd(Dennis rd at Alice Lane).
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4034

Lilys Bakery and Cafe
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Lilys Bakery and Cafe 04/18/10 - 09:54 pm
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Thank you Katie Lou for your

Thank you Katie Lou for your kind support of Lily's Bakery and Cafe. We will be in our location on Evans to Lock Rd. starting this week, and will also be at the market on Saturdays. Please stop by! Also, everyone can check out our Facebook Fan Page at:

www.facebook.com/pages/Evans-GA/Lilys-Bakery-and-Cafe/118190588196844?ref=ts%23!/pages/Evans-GA/Lilys-Bakery-and-Cafe/118190588196844%3fref=ts

Our new website, www.lilysbakeryandcafe.com will be up within the next few days as well.

Again, thank you and please spread the word and have people check out our Facebook and website for updates.

-Lily's

ccenter1
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ccenter1 04/23/10 - 02:22 pm
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These new restaurants and

These new restaurants and bakeries sound great. Theres a new cake shop in evans by the walmart too called simply sweet. They do custom "ace of cakes" style cakes. Its what this town has really needed as far a cakes.

JustLilMe
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JustLilMe 04/23/10 - 03:28 pm
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What this town needs is a

What this town needs is a bakery that bakes real bread. Not just another sweet shop that passes off crisco laden frosted cakes as special. I MISS good hearty breads like ryes and pumpernickel breads; Italian loaves kept crispy in paper sheaths instead of plastic. I know the south has traditionally failed bread baking because of the soft wheat in the local flour unlike hard wheat but geesh! I like bakery desserts that aren't just sickeningly sweet but that you can taste the fruit or nuts and cream.

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Chillen 04/23/10 - 03:47 pm
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Doesn't the Amish bakery in

Doesn't the Amish bakery in the k-mart shopping center on Wash road do that? There is a bakery downtown too - Sunshine Bakery. They have a large bread selection.

JustLilMe
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JustLilMe 04/23/10 - 03:54 pm
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I used to buy multiple loaves

I used to buy multiple loaves of the bread Sunshine was bringing in from up north a few years ago when their baker was out sick for an extended period. It was WONDERFUL stuff! I find some hearty breads at the military commissary but I'd rather support local bakers if they can do it instead. I've never tried the Amish bakery, but will now. In fact, I need to go back and see what Sunshine is offering. Thanks for the reminders. I think I need to check out this Lily's bakery too. The pictures I just saw on their website showed good looking baked goods.

Trouble
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Trouble 04/24/10 - 04:48 am
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i have been to fusion, dont

i have been to fusion, dont waste your time, the only thing there worth eating was the bread........

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