Fenix Opens, Dance Shop Shutters and Ping's Mandarin Cuisine Expands Into North San Rafael

San Rafael has a new supperclub with live music and an expanded Chinese restaurant, but it is loosing The Dance Shop.


Fenix Opens Its Doors

The Fenix supperclub, a high-tech live music venue and restaurant, opened its doors on Jan. 23. The 8,600-square-foot club boasts two bars, a full restaurant and a state-of-the-art sound system. Located at 919 Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael, the venue's restaurant includes a globally-inspired menu by executive chef Amey Shaw. Takeout and non-performance hour seating are also available, including a Sunday community brunch. Curated by Merl Saunders Jr., the music program will being with guests such as Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio and the Stefanie Keys Band. The venue opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closes at 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, closes at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and closes at 10 p.m. on Sunday. 

Dancing Doors to Shut after Twenty-Five Years
 which has been supplying clothing and shoes for ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom from its location on Second Street in downtown San Rafael for twenty-five years, shut it’s doors on Thursday, Jan. 31. Known as a top spot to be properly fitted for toe shoes, the owner, aged 88, decided to close both her San Rafael and Petaluma locations. Manager Melissa Musser will move to a new position as executive director of the New World Ballet in Santa Rosa.

Ping’s Expands into North San Rafael
Ping’s Mandarin Cuisine, located at 817 Francisco Blvd W, will be expanding into a new space, formerly occupied by Mikado Sushi at the Northgate One Shopping Center in Terra Linda. Owner Paul Chen hopes to open around Feb. 19. The space is 2,700-square-feet and can seat up to 95 guests. The menu will be 85 percent of the sames dishes and the hours will be Monday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


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Leonard Ginsburg February 06, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Good luck Pings your food and service are excellent.
SR2000 February 06, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Just an fyi - it's "losing" - not "loosing" ... :)


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