I am always amazed by those with a passion for the restaurant industry that are willing to put their money on the line and open a restaurant that is their unique vision and not a chain. Our latest local "visionary" is Lan Doan, who recently opened Orchid on Fair Road near the Market District.
If you haven't been there, I encourage you to go. It is a beautiful restaurant reminding me somewhat of Christopher's in its design.
I asked Doan how she chose the restaurant's name, and she shared the following.
"The translation for Lan is orchid, and that is how I came to that decision," she said. "I think orchids are beautiful, and we have several here in the restaurant."
Orchid is an Asian restaurant that is really unlike other restaurants here. It offers Pho (a traditional Vietnamese "soup") which is very popular on the West Coast. They also have an extensive sushi menu which includes a Statesboro Roll and a Georgia Roll.
Sushi chef Gary Holloway said the restaurant's sushi is made fresh-to-order and nothing is pre-prepared.
"This is not like fast food," he said. "We spend time preparing it, and really, really care about what we make. We are also very proud of this restaurant. It is so nice, and we are finding that once people come in and try our food, they are hooked. In a short period of time, we are beginning to see a number of repeat customers come three or more times per week."
Holloway was also very complimentary of Doan's vision.
"Lan is so smart, and she has a good idea of what she wants Orchid to be, and where she wants to take it," he said.
Many of you may know Doan from her time with Nikko's in Statesboro. Now she has branched out on her own, and is looking forward to introducing Statesboro to some of the Vietnamese food that she loves.
"No one else is serving Pho, and it is so delicious, nutritious and wonderful," she said. "We have beautiful food, and I am very excited about what we are serving."
The 3,400 square foot restaurant is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, and is open on Sunday for lunch.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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