New dining options coming to Village Mall

Village Mall will soon offer a couple new dining options: one Mexican, the other Asian.

Village Mall will soon offer a couple new dining options: one Mexican, the other Asian.

Construction is well underway on a building that will house a Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill and a Noodlebox Southeast Asian Noodle Bar. Both are expected to open in the first quarter of 2014, said Ron Schletz, senior leasing manager for Western Canada with property owner First Capital Realty Inc.

Based in Utah, Costa Vida serves Baja-style burritos, tacos and other Mexican food products made in-house. It has outlets throughout the Western United States, as well as one each in Calgary and Airdrie.

Noodlebox has eight locations in Vancouver, Victoria, Langford and Sidney, plus another at Airdrie. On its menu are stir-fries, fried rice, kung pao, curries, soup, spring rolls, lettuce wraps and other items.

Village Mall is located southwest of the intersection of Gaetz Avenue and 67th Street.

Food services currently operating there are Red Deer Buffet Restaurant, A&W Restaurant and Starbucks Coffee Company.

“We had to do something we thought was complementary,” said Schletz.

Costa Vida will occupy 3,000 square feet and Noodlebox 2,000 square feet of the building going up at the former site of a Petro-Can service station, which was demolished in 2011.

“It’s such a nice prominent building, right front and centre,” said Schletz.

Neither restaurant will offer drive-through service.