Three Corners Development officials announced Wednesday that a second restaurant with Quad-City connections will join The Mills at Riverbend Commons, a student-focused housing project near Western Illinois University's campus on the Moline riverfront.
Sriracha Thai Bistro & Oyster Bar Inc. is expected to open in the fall in the housing complex at 2900 River Drive. Owned and operated by Jun Ling Zhang, the restaurant will offer Pan-Asian fusion (Thai-Chinese) cuisine and will be open for lunch and dinner.
Three Corners, the developer of The Mills and the future Riverbend Commons project, previously announced a Happy Joe's Pizza Grille as its first commercial tenant at The Mills. Both will open in the fall.
The Mills is a 240-bed housing complex. The restaurants will be open to the public.
"We are excited to offer our cuisine to new patrons," Zhang said in a news release from Three Corners. "We look forward to the opportunity to serve this location and creating a new gathering place for the community."
Among Zhang's other restaurants is Tantra Asian Bistro at 589 E. 53rd St., Davenport, and at Moline's CityLine Plaza.
Christopher Woods, Three Corners' president, said the company is pleased Zhang chose The Mills for another Bistro, which will complement the retail mix. "His other locations are very well received and established, and we know we were competing with other developers and locations."
According to Woods, the developer "worked very hard with him to affirm that The Mills represented a fantastic opportunity to introduce destination dining to Riverbend Commons."
Moline Mayor Scott Raes welcomed the latest development at The Mills. "Continued, planned, local economic development is more important than ever. The city is committed to working to bring new businesses to Moline and are pleased that Three Corners Development continues to help us do that in a core redevelopment area."
In August 2012, the city chose Three Corners to be the master developer of a the 15-acre riverfront property, located adjacent to Western. The Orland Park, Ill.-based developer has proposed a $100 million mixed-use project for the site.