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Vintages at 611 heats up as temperatures rise

Wed., April 29, 2009

As the days get longer and warmer, Vintages at 611 is promising longer hours and outside dining.

For now, the new restaurant offering an eclectic menu of American fare is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Starters that sound intriguing include a baked cheese and seafood avocado ($9), brie with homemade gingersnaps and caramel sauce ($8) and gorgonzola frites ($5). Lunch dishes range from Kobe beef burgers with jalapeño bacon ($9) to a Greek orzo and shrimp pasta salad ($9). And for dinner, there’s a signature prime rib ($23 or $28), chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms and brie ($17), and mac and cheese ($11) made with a blend of five cheeses.

The restaurant was opened by former caterer Tana Rekofke in the Manito Shopping Center near 29th Avenue and Grand Boulevard. The address is 611 E. 29th Ave. Reservations can be made by calling (509) 624-3202.

Ginger Asian Bistro opens

Ginger Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar is celebrating its grand opening in the space that was formerly 1228 Tapas and Just Jerry’s.

The restaurant, 1228 S. Grand Blvd., offers Chinese and Japanese standards. For lunch, specials include General Tso’s Chicken ($8), Moo Goo Gai Pan ($9), or Chow Mein ($9). Or, for traditional Japanese fare consider a Bento box special with chicken teriyaki and California roll ($10).

Entrées include Tangerine Beef ($14), Prawns and Scallops with Asparagus ($22) and Spicy Rib Eye Steak Ginger Style ($16).

Sushi and sashimi lovers have plenty to consider. Chef’s signature rolls range from $9 to $14 and include the Bruce Lee (tuna, cucumber, avocado and chili sauce) and the Volcano (spicy tuna and scallops).

Ginger Asian Bistro is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is closed Monday.

Reach the restaurant at (509) 315-5201.

Cinco de Mayo with De Leon Foods

DeLeon Foods will host its third fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a few days early this year.

The family-friendly gathering at 102 E. Francis Ave. will be Saturday and will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The party features authentic Mexican food, fun for the kids, a live mariachi band and folk dancers. The fiesta started out as a small neighborhood event, but drew a crowd of some 2,000 to 3,000 people last year, according information from De Leon Foods.

Organizers initially planned to have a chili cook-off, but canceled that part of the festivities.

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