ICYMI: Itty Bitty News Bites
• Craft Sushi’s brand new second location is now open! In addition to the original restaurant at 1251 E. Sunshine St., they now have a new shop at 1282 E. Republic Road near the southeast corner of Republic and National. Head over to give it a try. We recommend ordering a poke bowl with their excellent marinated tofu as your protein.
• The sign is now up for Chicken Salad Chick’s first Springfield location, in the Fremont Center at 1322 E. Battlefield Road. This Atlanta-based chain specializes in—you guessed it!—chicken salad. And they offer several different varieties. If you’re not feeling very adventurous, you could order the Classic Carol, a mayo-and-celery-centered flavor profile. But they also have creative flavors like lemon-basil, barbecue, bacon-ranch, spicy buffalo, a few fruit-filled options and more. And in true southern fashion, there are three types of pimento cheese on the menu too, along with some salads and sammies. No word yet on an opening date, as they are currently in the construction phase—but we will keep you posted!
• SocieTea is getting ready to open up a second location in Farmers Park. Never been to SocieTea? You’re missing out! This boba tea joint has some of the freshest bubble tea around, and we love that they let you customize your sweetness level. (Perfect for those days when you’re more in the mood for something refreshing than something mega-sweet.) They also sell delicious cakes and other desserts. We can’t wait until we can make this one of our post farmers market stops!
• RISE rolled out a new menu yesterday full of great seasonal flavors. The beloved strawberry pancakes are back! These ricotta pancakes are topped with vanilla mascarpone cream, macerated strawberries and strawberry dust. RISE has added some great savory options as well, like the summer gnocchi with crimini mushrooms, asparagus puree, radish, carrot-ginger puree, Romano cheese, garlic chips and asparagus. Don't worry, plenty of customer favorites are still on the menu, like the incredible baklava yeast waffle topped with whipped honey butter, baklava nuts, spiced syrup and fillo dough flakes.