Boku Kitchen area and Saloon formally celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-slicing ceremony and appetizers on Thursday. The cafe at first opened in February and serves a assortment of Asian delicacies.
The ceremony was attended by Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, Director of Financial Advancement for the City of Columbia Ryan Coleman, Vista Guild Govt Director Abby Anderson.
The owner of Boku Kitchen and Saloon, Mike Dugainer, said the cafe will start off serving a Dim Sum brunch the initial weekend of August. Brunch will be served each individual Saturday and Sunday shifting forward.
“It’s going to be exclusive, that Columbia has not noticed, which is sort of our eyesight with Boku,” mentioned Dugainer. “When you look all over and see the style and the idea right here, it is some thing we required to carry that would be distinct to the neighborhood.”
The pan-Asian principle took around the former location of Certain Fire Tacos at 916 Gervais Street.
The eyesight for Boku originated from Publico Kitchen and Tap owner, Bob McCarthy, who handed absent in late 2021. Co-owner, Mike Dugainer, has now taken the reins on the opening system though honoring McCarthy’s visions and goals.
“The eyesight for the Vista site is to go absent from the rapid casual dining encounter that this setting up has noticed right before,” claimed assistant basic manager, Emily Hartwell.
The site was also home to other enterprises this sort of as TCBY and Salsarita’s in advance of it was Sure Fireplace.
“Persons traveling to Columbia, no matter whether it truly is for graduation, live shows or a sporting function, really don’t want to hold out in line for their Chipotle bowl,”stated Dugainer. “Boku delivers a sit down restaurant exactly where friends can chill out and get pleasure from a fantastic dining practical experience, various from what you would hope at the far more experience-paced encounter at Publico.”
Boku’s menu gives a wide range of clean and regionally sourced cuisines these types of as noodles, wok dishes, salads and little plate appetizers. The consume menu includes handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, sake and wine.
A second Publico Kitchen area + Faucet locale opened in the Bull Street District all over late spring.