YORKVILLE — The new Mongolian 211 restaurant opens to the public here Thursday.
It will be the second restaurant, and third business, to open on the redeveloping block between Van Emmon and Hydraulic streets on the west side of Route 47 downtown.
The block, being developed by Imperial Investments, is part of a development agreement between Imperial and the city of Yorkville. It already has produced Cobblestone Bakery and Bistro and Rivers Edge Theater. Mongolian 211 will be next to the theater on the north side.
“It’s time,” said Rachel Conover, who is managing the new restaurant, as well as Cobblestone (which she also owns) and, eventually, Kendall Grille, which will open in a few months in the spot where the Kendall Pub used to be. “Now we can concentrate on Kendall Grille.”
Mongolian 211’s “soft,” or unadvertised, opening will give restaurant officials a chance to hone the system before an official grand opening later this summer.
In a Mongolian-style barbecue restaurant, people go through a food line picking their fresh ingredients — meats, fish and vegetables — as well as sauces and seasonings. It’s all put in a bowl, which then is presented to the cooks at the Mongolian grill. They cook the food on the open grill as the diner watches.
Restaurant workers have been serving for a little while now privately, and served a private party Wednesday evening in preparation.
But the facility itself is ready, with a brand, spanking new serving area and grill, main dining area and smaller dining area for parties and special occasions.
Long-time Yorkville residents who ate at the former Bridge Restaurant in the same location will hardly recognize the place now. But they might recognize part of the main dining room, where the new restaurant officials refurbished old booths used at the Bridge and put them back in service at Mongolian.