Spartanburg restaurateurs open Koi in Greenville

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Koi, a new Asian bistro, opened for business this week. The restaurant is situated in the back of a small shopping center along Pelham Road near East North Street, adjacent to the Armed Forces recruiting center.

KoiThis will be the third restaurant for owner Canas Lam and her husband, David Cheng, a chef. The couple also owns the popular Spartanburg restaurants Lime Leaf and Monsoon Noodle House, both of which are highly rated on Yelp and Urbanspoon and have won several awards.

Lam said they decided to open the Greenville location after seeing the space, although it was a bit run-down. The previous tenants, who had operated a Thai restaurant, had not taken care of the space. Lam has been renovating since the beginning of the year, even painting some of the wall murals herself. She went to China to have custom-designed fixtures made such as the bathroom sinks, some of the wall art, lighting and chairs.

Lam said they use local ingredients when possible and everything is made fresh and from scratch, including sauces. “I care about every detail,” said Lam.

The lunch and dinner menu includes stir-fried rice and noodle dishes, curries and soups. Dinner-only options include items such as duck pannag, volcano beef and butterfly shrimp.

The restaurant will seat about 99 people and has a separate large party room. It also has a full bar, large wine selection and will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Lunch will be an “express casual service,” said Lam. Food will still be cooked fresh; they’re just cognizant of people’s lunch hours. The restaurant will be closed each day from 3 to 5 p.m. Diners will be able to look out at a large koi pond outside, which inspired the restaurant’s name.

For more information, visit greenvillekoi.com. Koi is located at 115 Pelham Road, Suite 15.

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