Naples Daily News, Fla., Tim Aten column
Naples Daily News, Fla.
Not only does Komoon Sushi Thai & Ceviche celebrate three different cuisines, the local restaurant now has three locations.
Komoon's third location recently opened in the center of Creekside Corners at Goodlette-Frank and Immokalee roads in North Naples. The new retail center's first businesses to open also include McAlister's Deli, BurgerFi and Smoothie King.
"I'm really excited about this new location and reaching out to a different area of Naples. This is a really growing part of town," said Paul Adrianzen, who co-owns Komoon with his wife, Saifon Sombun. "It really came together and I'm happy to say it's had a very good response so far. We're excited and looking forward to season. We're thinking season will be particularly strong there."
Komoon's first location opened in 2011 in Mission Square off Pine Ridge Road in North Naples. Its second location opened three years ago off Bonita Beach Road in the Center of Bonita Springs.
Komoon's multicultural menu successfully melds cuisines from Thailand, Japan and Peru.
"We tried to make it different than other Thai and sushi places," said Thai native Sombun.
Her husband is of Peruvian descent and his mother had her own Peruvian restaurant years ago in Boston, so it's easy to see the marriage of Thai and Peruvian. But, where does the Japanese cuisine come in?
"I used to work in a Thai and Japanese restaurant for many years," Sombun said. "I know how to make sushi and Thai food also, so that's why after I got married we put everything together."
A relaxing mood for dining at Komoon is created with light panels made from natural stone that decorate the dining room walls and the sushi bar. The range of colors can be changed easily with a remote.
"I think in this one we really wanted to create a great ambiance with lighting," Adrianzen said. "It's really cool. At night, the place lights up really well."
Komoon has been lighting up in the daytime, too. Since opening a couple of weeks ago in Creekside Corners, Komoon has already attracted a good lunch crowd, pulling from the nearby hospitals and offices such as Arthrex.
"It's doing well for lunch, which is what we expected," Adrianzen said. "The plaza is really in a great spot."
Lunch specials, starting at $8.95, are available every day until 3 p.m. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. daily, and features appetizers and sushi rolls for $5.
The new Komoon's menu is the same as its first two successful locations, although Adrianzen said they may add dinner specials at the third location.
"Our sushi rolls are very popular. We feel our sushi is some of the best in town," Adrianzen said. "Ceviche is very popular. The pad Thai I think is the best in town. It's just fantastic."
In fact, her pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish made with her own recipe, is Sombun's personal favorite.
Most popular menu items include Thai curry dishes, ceviche and lomo saltado on the Peruvian side and special made-to-order sushi rolls expertly made at the restaurant's sushi bar, she said.
The new Komoon, 1514 Immokalee Road, is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 239-234-2442, or see komoonthai.com.
BurgerFi opened Monday at the opposite end of the retail center from McAlister's Deli, the first business to open to anchor the center's eastern end.
It's the Florida burger chain's second location in Collier County. The first launched in Shops at Eagle Creek in East Naples.
"We look forward to expanding our Naples footprint by continuing to provide a modern twist to great-tasting food made from fresh ingredients in a fun, family dining experience," said BurgerFi franchise owner Sam Worley.
It's the fast-casual restaurant that strives to be eco-friendly. Not only does it promote that its Angus beef is humanely raised and sustainably farmed, but its dining room features tables made from more than 700,000 recycled milk jugs, select red chairs made of 111 recycled Coca-Cola bottles, and recycled paper countertops. The 2,800-square-foot restaurant has seating for about 75 patrons inside and patio seating for another 30.
BurgerFi's simple menu includes its newest CEO Burger, featuring two Wagyu and brisket-blend beef patties, aged Swiss cheese, house-made candied bacon-tomato jam and a garlic truffle aioli sauce. The Breakfast All Day Burger features an Angus patty with American cheese, bacon, maple syrup, fried egg, hash brown, grilled onions and ketchup.
Not only can burgers be served "Green Style," wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, but BurgerFi's VegeFi Burger has a crispy quinoa veggie patty with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and Burgerfi Sauce on a multigrain bun. The Conflicted Burger features both an Angus patty and a veggie patty with American and white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and Burgerfi Sauce.
While burgers are front and center at BurgerFi, the eatery also has Vienna beef dogs as well as sides such as hand-cut fries and onion rings or a mixture of both -- which BurgerFi markets as "Cry + Fry."
To top it off, BurgerFi has craft beer and wine and even custard -- served in cups or stirred into floats, shakes and concrete mixes, such as red velvet, key lime and Oh My Chocolate -- chocolate custard, peanut butter, brownies, chocolate ships and sprinkles. The restaurant also has a "Fi on the Fly" app and online ordering.
The new BurgerFi is open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call 239-631-8227 or see burgerfi.com.
Smoothie King launched July 2 in the new Creekside Corners retail center. The franchise offers healthy snacks and custom-blended smoothies.
The shop features an impressive selection of nutritional smoothie meals, low-fat fruit smoothies and local selections with fruits such as acai, peaches, pineapple and strawberries.
A breezeway separating Smoothie King from Komoon provides a cut-through for patrons using additional parking spaces behind the center.
The new Smoothie King is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 239-631-8040 or see smoothieking.com.
Domino's Pizza has been added to the lineup coming to Creekside Corners and is targeted to open in the final quarter of the year on the center's leg fronting Goodlette.
Another new local restaurant named Motor City Coney Island is set to open by mid-September in a unit near McAlister's Deli. The casual restaurant is expected to be open 24 hours a day with delivery all day. Its simple, cooked-to-order menu will include create-your-own omelets and breakfast anytime, all-American burgers, fries and, of course, Detroit-style Coney dogs.
Bone Hook Brewing Co.is targeted to open this fall. The brewhouse will include a taproom with a bar seating at least 50 and taps for 20 different beers produced on premises.
The center's choice corner unit of the L-shaped center will be filled by Public House, another venue from longtime local restaurateur Michael Hernandez, who also operates HobNob and Midtown Kitchen in Naples. Interior work is just beginning on the restaurant.
For the latest in local restaurants coming and going, see Tim Aten's "In the Know" columns archived at naplesnews.com/intheknow, and on Facebook at facebook.com/timaten.intheknow.
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