Day: September 24, 2014

Dim Sum opens in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new restaurant is blooming in Keizer. Dim Sum Restaurant opened this week at 3843 River Road N, the former Blooming Cuisine location. The owners are the husband and wife duo of Jian Zhuang Ma and Ximei Huang, who also run John’s Chinese at 4842 River Road. Much about their new building has been changed. From the road, things look far different. The distinctive lattices that previously adorned the building are gone, in addition to new paint. Huang said on Monday the couple got the building in March. “My husband looked at it,” she said. “It is hard to remodel. We thought, ‘How are we going to make it look the way we want it?’ We found someone with an idea.” The change isn’t limited to the exterior. “Inside took a long time,” Huang said. “We changed the whole thing. It doesn’t look like before. It’s really different.” Other notable changes are the Dim Sum Restaurant sign and, of course, the menu. “Dim sum is real Chinese food,” Huang said. “It’s finger food. It’s very neat. We thought it would be good to try it. I suggested maybe we do dim sum because some of our customers (at John’s) had asked for it. They are such pretty dishes.” According to Huang, the wheels were set into motion a couple of years ago. “The...

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Dedication planned for mural

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A party is being planned to celebrate Keizer’s first public mural. The mural on the west wall of Keizer Florist at 631 Chemawa Road NE was completed recently by artist Colleen Goodwin-Chronister. The mural will be dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 1. “We will have chairs and tables out,” mayor Lore Christopher said during a recent Keizer Arts Commission meeting. “We want to do it at Julie (Wallace’s) business, but if the weather is terrible we will do it in the living room right out here (at Keizer Civic Center). It will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.” Christopher, chair of the new Arts Commission, noted Chronister will be among those on hand. “We’ll introduce Colleen and have her tell why she chose and what she chose. We’ll tell about our next project and have Julie speak. We would need this building open afterwards, like at 6:30.” Christopher is hoping for artists to get in touch with Arts Commission members. She’d like to see work on display at Keizer Civic Center for October through the end of the year. “We’re doing a call for artists,” the mayor said. “It could be a potpourri if people want to do it together. It’s a huge space to fill, with room for 63 potential pieces.” Christopher said she’d be open to the idea of three artists bringing...

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