Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006

Chinese restaurant moving into Goldbelt

Next week, the Goldbelt Hotel's surf-and-turf restaurant, Chinook's, will close and make way for Chinese cuisine.

Gino Kuang, owner of the Mendenhall Valley's Canton House, will renovate the ground-floor space for a "trendy" new Chinese restaurant he calls "Zen." The establishment will feature a similar menu, along with a pho bar, steak and seafood and some new items.

"It's going to be totally different when we are done," Kuang said. Zen will be decorated in Feng Shui style.

Kuang said customers should expect something one would see in New York, where Kuang is from and worked in the restaurant business. He has been in Juneau for 10 years, and the Canton House is 25 years old.

Kuang said he hopes to open by April 15.

Mediterranean dining coming to downtown

Turkish native Haydar Suyun is opening a downtown Juneau Mediterranean-themed restaurant named after the Greek god of wind, Zephyr.

More than two years ago, Suyun started Ravens Café, a grill inside Imperial Billiard and Bar. While he continues to manage that business, he will venture out into a 50-seat dining room. Zephyr will be on Seward Street, in a building formerly occupied by the Friendly Planet furniture store.

Zephyr will offer Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food fused with local seafood, such as halibut, salmon and crab. A wine bar will be located in the loft with more seating. Suyun said he plans to have live music for special nights.

Suyun returned to Juneau to start his businesses after visiting the capital during the 1980s as a cruise ship worker.

Zephyr is scheduled to open for dinners in March. Lunch service is planned for later, Suyun.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any businesses opening, closing or relocating, or of other business-related news, please contact him at

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