By Elena Kadvany
Rangoon Ruby #2 now openUploaded: Aug 5, 2014
Downtown Palo Alto's only Burmese restaurant, Rangoon Ruby, has enjoyed such success that it's opened a second location, just blocks away from the first.
Diners can now enjoy signature Burmese fare like tea leaf salad or noodle dish nan gyi dok at 326 University Ave., the former home of Italian restaurant Figo. Figo suddenly shuttered in May.
Rodel Marquez, Rangoon Ruby general manager, said that they were looking for a larger location when they stumbled upon the open space. He said they're not worried about operating two restaurants so close to each other (Rangoon Ruby is at 445 Emerson St.).
"We're pretty busy at our current location now," he said. "We think it will be a good balance for the city."
The new restaurant is named Burma Ruby. Initially, the menu will be the same as Rangoon's, but he said they'll start changing things up "over the next season."
Burma Ruby is open for lunch and dinner the same hours as Rangoon Ruby, which opened in June 2012 in the former Cafe Baklava. A sister restaurant also opened last May in San Carlos. Owner John Lee, born and raised in Burma, is also a veteran of Bay Area restaurant-chain Burma Superstar.