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TMCNet:  Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Pa., What's in Store column

[February 27, 2013]

Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Pa., What's in Store column

Feb 27, 2013 (Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Le Viet Bistro, a restaurant that features cuisine from northern, central and southern regions of Vietnam, is open at 1930 Columbia Ave.

The menu at the new restaurant has a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, stews and soups as well as noodle, rice and specialty dishes. The dishes represent food and cooking styles from the three main regions of Vietnam, said Kim Vu, one of the partners in the family-owned restaurant.

From southern Vietnam is hu tieu, a rice noodle soup cooked with pork, chicken or seafood and served with herbs and bean sprouts. From central Vietnam is Bun bo hue, a peppery beef soup with thick rice noodles served with thin sliced cabbage, bean sprouts and fresh herbs. And from northern Vietnam is pho, a rice noodle soup in beef broth served with thin cuts of beef.

Le Viet Bistro is in a spot that has housed a number of restaurants, including, most recently, Tsunami Asian Bistro. The new owners oversaw some cosmetic renovations before opening.

The restaurant has seating for about 50, including at some booths and long tables. The dining room is sectioned by a large glass divider. The restaurant has about a dozen employees.

About a decade ago, Vu's family owned Vietnamese restaurants in California, she said.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. 299-2771 The Blockbuster Video store in Shoppes of Kissel Village closed Saturday. The store, at 1054 Lititz Pike, Suite B, was one of the original businesses when the shopping center opened in 2000.

And the Blockbuster Video store in Ephrata's Cloister Shopping Center is slated to close April 7, a store manager said.

Once those two stores close, the chain's movie-rental store in Manor Shopping Center will be the only remaining Blockbuster in Lancaster County. As recently as 2009, there were 13 Blockbusters in the county.

The recent closings are among 300 stores that Blockbuster owner Dish Network Corp. announced in January.

Blockbuster, which filed for bankruptcy in September 2010, was bought by Dish Network in April 2011.

Center Square Bakery has opened in a new spot across Elizabethtown's square from its old location.

Center Square Bakery is now operating out of 2 N. Market St., after moving from 1 S. Market St., where it opened in August.

Owner Natalie Dixon said the new location has a better streamlined space and a retail area that is about twice the size of the old one. The new spot also has increased visibility and better access to parking.

Center Square Bakery is a full-service bakery that offers cupcakes, cookies, muffins and breads in addition to soups. It also sells refrigerated desserts such as cheesecakes, tortes and pies.

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 449-0374 Senorita Burrita, at 2347 Oregon Pike in The Shoppes at Landis Valley, has closed.

The restaurant sold a variety of burritos and drinks in addition to having a grocery section for Senorita Burrita brand salsa, chips and tortillas.

The restaurant had opened last May after moving under new ownership from 227 N. Prince St.

The restaurant closing follows the shuttering of the Senorita Burrita stand at Lancaster Central Market.

Owner Kerry Egan said she was "unsure" about the possibility of opening somewhere else. or 291-8718 ___ (c)2013 Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pa.) Visit the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pa.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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