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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lotus Garden Reopens After Fire, Refreshed for the Next Decade

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Owner Kathy Tang with a rose she grew. - YELP/ BOB L.
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  • Owner Kathy Tang with a rose she grew.

Lotus Garden, the Vietnamese restaurant that sits on the border between the Mission and Bernal Heights, shuttered due to a fire in early April. Neighbors wondered if the tiny restaurant would open again. Worry no more: owner Kathy Tang confirms that Lotus Garden is back from the brink.

Savvy business lady that she is, Tang turned the fire into an opportunity to remodel and reinvent the restaurant. The new interior is much less formal, which she hopes will encourage patronage from Mission dwellers who were previously turned off by the white tablecloths. The food hasn't changed, but Tang emphasized that she wants to bring in new customers, and has options for vegans, vegetarians, and the gluten-intolerant. "We have something for everyone," she says.

Tang adds that the fire devastated the small, family-owned restaurant, shuttering their doors for more than six months, and she was very worried about customers returning. Luckily, her old regulars are trickling back in, and she confirms that Lotus Garden isn't going anywhere again -- that is, until she and her husband retire. With luck, that won't be for a very long time.

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