The newly named Lotus Leaf Cafe will open at the southwest corner of Second and Washington next to the new Taste & See. Both restaurants are in part of the former Doc Howard’s Lounge space.
“There’s so many more things I want to do,” owner Jacquelyn Keefer says of needing more space.
Her restaurant at 613 W. Douglas is 1,153 square feet with about 30 seats.
“It’s sad to say, but you have to be fairly thin to work there,” Keefer says of negotiating among the tables.
The kitchen is tiny, too, which she says means that what executive chef Rebecca Gold has been able to do is “miraculous.”
The new space, which will be ready in early April, is almost 2,000 square feet.
“The thought of what she can do with a real kitchen will be pretty amazing,” Keefer says of Gold.