What's going on at Sunflower?
With much alarm I received news in another thread that Sunflower was closed, due to collateral damage from a fire at the Asian Market next door.
Googling hasn't been terribly informative, yielding only unsubstantiated reports on another board speculating that they would be moving.
Does anyone know anything? I NEED my Sunflower.
Try Le Soleil up Lamar just north of Rutland. Remarkably similar menu (I've heard it is run by Sunflower's ex-husband) but with slight variations. The location is pretty rough, but we have always had good experiences there.
Le Soleil Restaurant
9616 N Lamar Blvd Ste 156, Austin, TX 78753
That's terrible news. I feel so bad for the owner. Hopefully she will get a good insurance settlement. I didn't realize that Hong Kong Supermarket had burned down, either.
Sunflower had the best bánh xèo. It was always crisp as could be and stuffed to the brim. Other places did not compare.
I was in that shopping center over the weekend. Sign in Sunflower's window said they have no electricity.
Wow that's bad news that they're still closed. I went I'd say about two weeks ago and they were closed due to the fire; I think it had just happened. Sunflower looked fine inside... I guess per Ridgeback's comment, the whole building's electrical system was badly damaged. I figured Hong Kong supermarket was the source of the fire, but even they didn't seem to have any crazy structural damage, just smoked up windows. No idea what it looks like inside though, of course.
Hong Kong Restaurant
812 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666
I was at Pho Van today, and overheard the run-down from one of the staff. Apparently, that entire wing is shut down until they can get the power back up. Sunflower wasn't damaged as such, but they can't get electricity for now. Same goes for all the shops in that stretch of the strip mall.
8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
Wow. I almost went there today (Hong Kong Market). I guess the silver lining in this semi-tragedy is that all the groceries in HKM will be fresh. Some of that stuff looked to be quite old and not moving too well.
That's what I like about new Asian Markets - No freezer burn ! :-)
As for La Soleil, the guy there gives me the unwelcome creeps. As if he's just there out of spite.
We were in the area last night and peeked in the window. It looks like they're about to put in a new floor. Lots of boxes of tile.