The ‘classic American-Chinese’ restaurant would replace Saba in Oakhurst.
An Italian restaurant in Oakhurst Village could soon be reborn as a “classic American-Chinese” concept.
The team behind Taiyo Ramen, Suzy Siu’s Baos, and Mama Tiger, Tuesday announced plans to open Double Dragon, at 350 Mead Road, in space formerly occupied by Saba.
Restaurateur partners Michael Lo and George Yu “jumped at the chance” to takeover the space for Double Dragon.
“We really thought there was a lack of quality Asian food in this part of town,” Lo said in the release. “Taiyo is in downtown Decatur which has a lot of great restaurants but just south of College Avenue, there are fewer options.”
Double Dragon hopes to pay homage to “classic American-Chinese” food.
“As second generation Chinese-American restaurateurs, both George and I remember people getting dressed up on weekends and going out to dine at our families’ Chinese Restaurants, making a special gourmet night out of it. With Double Dragon, we aim to improve on the guests’ dining experience, table service, bar offerings and most importantly ingredient quality.”
As with Taiyo Ramen and Suzy Siu’s Baos, Double Dragon would offer a menu of Chef Yu’s locally sourced, natural and organic eats from purveyors like Global Growers, Riverview Farms, Aluma Farm and Finch Creek Farms.
Expect dishes at Double Dragon like General Tso’s Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Egg Rolls and Hot & Sour Soup alongside some more “authentic” Chinese options like Lobster Cantonese.
The owners plan to offer gluten-free and vegetarian options with a keen focus on take-out orders and local delivery.
Double Dragon, which gets its name from a “cheeky play on historically uninspired Chinese Restaurant names and pays homage to one of the owners’ favorite 80’s arcade games,” is slated to open May 2017.
Lo and Yu are also planning Ramen Station at The Larkin on Memorial development in Grant Park and Korean Steakhouse Noona for downtown Duluth.