Hana Japanese Restaurant opened at 150 Dorset Street on Tuesday. Chef and co-owner Jianfeng Li specializes in the hibachi-style dishes he prepared at Koto Japanese Steak House, but the menu includes a range of dishes less common in Vermont. Besides a large selection of creative and classic sushi and sashimi, Hana serves Thai-style roast duck, broiled-eel bowls and Japanese chicken curry.
Just in time for students’ return to Vermont Law School, South Royalton gained its newest eatery over the weekend, the Worthy Burger, at 56 Rainbow Street.
Grass-fed burgers from Barnard’s Fable Farm share the menu with “locally slaughtered” veggie burgers, a fish burger and the Turduckey — duck confit folded into Misty Knoll farms turkey and local sweet corn.
Housemade kombucha, kimchi and sodas are on hand, as are an array of craft brews from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Hill Farmstead Brewery and other regional breweries. With Dave Brodrick of New York’s Blind Tiger Alehouse as one of the partners, the rotating selection is bound to impress.
The Worthy Burger is open seven days a week for dinner, and serves lunch Friday through Sunday.
Since Friendly’s closed at 1184 Shelburne Road, the South Burlington location has remained empty. Soon it will find new life — as another chain. Look for Chittenden County’s second Panera Bread to open there soon.