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Pacific Rim Reopens This Week in Burlington

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After a two-year absence from the Burlington foodscape, the staff of Pacific Rim Asian Café is slinging salmon and bibimbap again in a new spot on lower Church Street.

On Tuesday, owner Rich Brandt opened the doors of the reimagined Pacific Rim after a light renovation of the former Sky Burgers space at 161 Church Street. He added a “prominent” full bar and a new menu that weaves together a few longtime signature dishes — such as grilled, sesame-marinated salmon — with new flavors.

The peeps behind the bar will be mixing up specialty cocktails blended with local spirits to go with a host of new apps such as kimchi-topped Korean tacos and grilled skewers of beef flavored with lemongrass. Hot and cold noodles, stir-fries, egg rolls, miso and coconut-curry soups, and a few other Asian-inflected entrées round out the menu. “None of the stir-fries is over $10,” Brandt says.

Like most restaurant owners, he ran into a few delays on the road to reopening, and he emphasizes that Pacific Rim’s second debut is a soft one, at least for now. “We thought, All right, what the hell. We’ll just open and then work out the kinks later,” he says.

Another new addition: outdoor seating, which Pacific Rim lacked during its 11-year run on St. Paul Street. Diners can soak up the sun at lunch and dinner every day except Monday.

The original print version of this article was titled "Asian Phoenix"

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