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Ha-Ahn (3030 Superior Ave., 216.664.1152), a Korean café, has opened inside the Golden Plaza. Located in the old Golden Bakery spot, across the hall from Superior Pho, the seven-table eatery serves traditional Korean-style dishes and a few Japanese ones as well. Despite the modest setting, Ha-Ahn starts diners off with an array of house-made banchan, the pickled side dishes that accompany all meals. Ours featured fiery kim che, bok choy kim che, radish and steamed egg, but they change daily. Meals also include a simple egg drop soup with scallions and leaves of dried seaweed, which give the soup its woodsy flavor. Can't say we enjoyed the duk bok gi ($6.95), a stir-fry of chewy rice cakes and veggies in a thick tomato-based sauce. But the restaurant's hot stone bibimbap ($9.95) is out of this world. Served in a heated earthenware bowl, the sizzling dish layers steamed rice, cooked beef, sautéed vegetables and a fried egg into an all-in-one meal. The whole affair is topped with pungent chili paste and a squirt of sesame oil before getting a good stir. The best parts are the crispy rice bits that cling to the hot bowl. Ha-Ahn is open daily except Sunday.

Market Avenue Wine Bar (2521 Market Ave., 216.696.9463, is up and running in its new home, just one month after relocating to the former Talkies.

Matt Mytro, who left his post in June as executive chef of Paladar (28601 Chagrin Blvd., 216.896.9020, and Boulevard Blue (12718 Larchmere Blvd., 216.721.5500, to work with Steve Schimoler at Crop Bistro (1400 W. 6th St., 216.696.2767,, has moved on again - to where, exactly, we don't yet know.

Speaking of Paladar: Executive chef Robert Cabrales has introduced a new bar menu to go along with the restaurant's extended happy hour. From 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, enjoy specially priced items like mini Cubanos, tiny tacos and crab and mango fritters.

Saigon 88 (5107 Detroit Ave., 216.631.6888) has opened in the spot of Pho Que Huong, which opened in the former home of Long Phung, which replaced the Big Egg. Like its two predecessors, Saigon serves Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines. Expect over a dozen noodle soups, crepes, broken rice dishes and traditional take-out items.

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