Danville, VA-- A new restaurant has made its way to Danville's downtown area. It's offering residents Persian food, something new to the Danville area.
Nick's Grill on Memorial Drive isn't the only place that's recently given people more food options. In just a year, a variety of food places have popped up, everything from offering a place to find some middle eastern recipes, to an upscale Bistro.
The city says in the past year it's seen a lot of investment and excitement about diversifying Danville's food options.
It was once was an old vacant car dealership, but now, Danville Resident, Niaz Yousafzai, has breathed new life in the building.
"It's a good location i've got over here... bringing something new for them," Yousafzai said.
It's new place to dine downtown.Yousafzai owns the space and calls it Nick's Grill. It offers standard American food.
"Hamburger, cheeseburger, chicken, we have fish also," Yousafzai said.
But also giving residents a chance to taste something different, cuisine from Pakistan, like butter chicken and rice. With 13 years experience in the restaurant business Yousafzai says he's always wanted to bring new food options to Southside.
"Try our food, see if you like it," Yousafzai said.
But he's not the only one. In the past year, downtown Danville has seen quite a few food places pop up. For example, Golden Leaf Bistro offers upscale American cuisine. Then there's Del' Anno's Pizza Kitchen and Moon River Thai Bistro.
Just recently downtown gained new mini grocery store called South Ridge Grocery. It carries most things any grocery store would have, but it also offers something new to Danville.
"We have a diverse community in this town and we did not have any store that caters to the need of ethnic food," said Sarwat Ata, Owner of South Ridge Grocery.
One side of the store has hundreds of items with everything you would need to try out a Middle Eastern dish.
"It's great. People love different things. People love to try different things," Ata said.
"I think it's a good thing any time you can diversify the food options you have in a town and it's great. We're seeing so much excitement and investment in the city," said Danville City Councilman, Lee Vogler.
Nick's Grill and South Ridge Grocery are planning to have their grand opening in the next few weeks.