Thursday, September 10, 2020

[EXCLUSIVE] Popular Intown Szechuan Restaurant to Open in Alpharetta

Local restaurateur Gary Lin plans to bring one of his popular intown restaurants to Alpharettta.  By mid-November, Lin hopes to have Hai Authentic Chinese, his authentic Szechuan restaurant, open along Windward Parkway, not far from Costco.  The new restaurant will open in suite #440, a 2,400 square foot space, formerly Swagat Indian Cuisine, between Big Peach Running Co. and Saigon Cafe in The Plaza at Windward, 5530 Windward Parkway.   

The original Hai opened in June 2019 at Suburban Plaza near Decatur.  The Szechuan eatery opened in place of Tabi Sushi, which itself replaced Smoke + Duck Sauce, both Lin-backed eateries.  Hai Alpharetta, like its intown sibling, will initially be helmed by Chef Wan Hai and will feature authentic Chinese fare in a casual setting. 

Hai Alpharetta will be the second restaurant Lin will have opened during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This past June, Lin opened Wei Authentic Chinese Cuisine on South Marietta Parkway, not far from the Marietta Square.  

In addition to the existing and upcoming Hai locations as well as Wei, Lin is also involved in several other Atlanta area Chinese restaurants including Urban Wu at the Disco Kroger shopping center in Buckhead and Hao Chinese Cuisine off Camp Creek Parkway in southwest Atlanta.  

Authentic bao, a popular Asian pastry bun filled with meat or vegetables, is a mainstay on the Wei menu in Alpharetta but Lin tells ToNeTo Atlanta it will not be part of the Hai menu.   

Are you excited at the idea of a more authentic Asian offering in Alpharetta?  What is your favorite Szechuan dish?  What other types of cuisines would you like to see open in Alpharetta?  

Please share your thoughts below. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Words can’t describe the excitement. Now if they could only get up to Cumming/Dawsonville!

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