I don't know if it was the alignment of the planets or total coincidence, but China Chili's back in action.
The beloved downtown Chinese restaurant's been on hiatus for the last few months, and I happened to name-drop it in my latest column (the folks who own the restaurant I reviewed are the same people who started China Chili). Now it's got a new location, and I'm guessing it's in a spot untouched by the ravages of light rail. With seating for 200 in a remodeled retail building, the place sounds like a big step up from the eatery's old digs on Central. Let's hope the menu's as good as I remember it.
There's a grand opening celebration scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., with a traditional Chinese lion dance following a ribbon cutting by Mayor Gordon. Get your Chinese food fix at 302 E. Flower Street (two blocks south of Osborn) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays (to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays), and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Call 602-266-4463 for info.
Oh yeah, I just realized that this has nothing to do with the planets — it's Santa Claus granting my Christmas wish for more restaurants!