August 8 2017

Asian Restaurant with Hibachi Tables and Sushi Bar to Open in The District

By: Rich Hosford

A new Asian-style restaurant has been given the go-ahead to open up in Burlington.

At its last meeting the Planning Board approved a special permit and a minor engineering change for Feng Shui to locate at 2,400 District Avenue in The District. This will be the final restaurant to locate in The District under the previously approved Planned Development District that was passed by Town Meeting for the project to renovate the office park.

The restaurant will occupy a 5,977 square foot building that is already in existence adjacent to the TD Bank and across the street from Pressed Cafe. It will have 175 seats inside and 40 seats on two seasonal patios.

Attorney Mark Vaughan of Riemer & Braunstein, who was representing the restaurant group JC Group Inc., said the restaurant has other locations in Chelmsford, Cohasset and Tyngsboro but is not a “chain.”

“They pride themselves on fresh Asian and Chinese food,” he said. “They have been looking to move into Burlington for quite some time and are excited to locate in the park.”

Frank Zhang, one of the restaurant owners, said they offer a lunch buffet for busy office workers and a full menu for dinner. This includes hibachi tables and a sushi bar.  

He reiterated his excitement to open a location in Burlington.  

“We opened a restaurant near Burlington a decade ago and we wanted to get into Burlington then but we missed the opportunity,” he said. “So now we’re really excited because it has become a pivotal center of commerce.”

He also said he thought Feng Shui would work nicely with the other restaurants in The District.

“I think our menu will fit well here,” he said.  “We have ‘quality, taste and style’ as our objectives we think we complement other restaurants in this park and in this town.”

Andrew Gallinaro of National Development, the company that owns The District, said he agrees.

“We absolutely share Frank’s and his developer’s enthusiasm to bring him to the development,” he said. “I think we have found the ultimate complimentary pieces to one another that hit all of the major food categories. So rather than compete with one another they will lift each other up and provide a unique and authentic community-based dining option within Burlington.”

Members of the Planning Board had few comments about the project. They agreed with a condition set by the Building Inspector that the outdoor patios need to be protected with guardrails. They also said that National Development must work with all the restaurants in the project to share prime parking spaces.

They approved the special permit unanimously.

They also approved a minor engineering change for 13 by 7 foot vestibule along one exterior wall to protect patrons from the elements as they wait to enter the building.


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