There's a new restaurant opening soon on 39th Street: Cafe Ginseng & More will officially open for business in the storefront space previously occupied by Mama's on 39th Street and the short-lived Thai Garden restaurants. I stopped in last night, and the restaurant's owner, Mia Jamison — she actually owns the entire shopping center at the corner of 39th and Bell, which is called, interestingly enough, Mia's Plaza — was inside, overseeing the renovation of the long-vacant space.
I was most interested in finding out what the "& More" part of the name was going to mean. And was the restaurant going to offer Asian cuisine? After all, ginseng root is best-known as an Asian medicinal herb. But, no. Jamison says when her new diner opens in a few weeks, it will be serving American cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But wait! There really is ...more.
"We'll serve a piece of fresh ginseng on the side of every plate," Jamison says. "And we'll offer it as an ingredient in the fresh fruit juices that we'll make every day."
"I have a master chef, Terry Fowler, creating the menu," says Jamison, who adds that her new cafe will serve wine and beer. She's also planning to build a patio on the west side of the building.
Cafe Ginseng & More will be a full-service restaurant.