Gindi now specializes in Asian burgers

Gindi, the Asian food/ sushi place at 7010 W. 21st St. N. that opened in January of 2009, has a new owner — and a new concept.

Phillip Say said he recently bought the restaurant from Roungaroon “Lou” Kumgool, who opened Dawn Thai Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at 1220 N. Rock Road in Derby earlier this year.  He’s changed the name, slightly, to Gindi Asian Gourmet Burgers, and he’s populated the menu with burgers made with Asian flavors and toppings. Monday was his first day executing the new concept.

Say has kept a few of the Thai dishes and sushi items previously available at Gindi, but he wants customers to try his Asian burger concept. He makes his own buns and makes his patties from fresh beef, topping them with ingredients such as wasabi, kimchi, cilantro, green onions, fried eggs, Sriacha sauce and more. He also has salmon burgers and serves fries. The burgers average around $5, he said.

Say is a little concerned that people won’t know that the concept has changed, since the name and signage remain mostly unchanged, and will miss out on trying his Asian burgers, popular in the big city but unknown here, he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-729-5855.

Gindi not for sale: Dawn Thai opening soon

I couldn’t help but notice the big/huge/giant “for sale” sign planted in the lawn of Gindi Thai & Japanese Diner at 7010 W. 21st St. N. when I drove past today.

But owner Roungaroon “Lou” Kumgool said that Gindi is not for sale. The building that Gindi leases, however, is. And although Kumgool has considered moving the business, Gindi still has two years left on its lease, she said.

In other Gindi news, Kumgool is just a few weeks away from opening Dawn Thai Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at 1220 N. Rock Road, in the former Smashburger Space in Derby. The restaurant is 90 percent done, she said, and she plans to open on Feb. 6. Dawn Thai will serve hibachi-grilled steaks, sushi and other “fusion” Asian dishes. The restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.