After Henry and Yung Jae (Mita) Raacke retired, they traveled extensively through Asia, enjoying the cuisine and culture. Upon their return, they decided to open an Asian restaurant in Newburgh. "The original idea was to open separate Japanese, Chinese, and Korean restaurants with a cocktail lounge in the center," says their daughter Debbie Raacke, who now runs Yobo. After much consideration, they decided to band all three cuisines together under a single roof. "You hear the term 'Asian fusion' quite a bit these days, but they were the first to do it. They called it 'pan-Asian' cuisine," Raacke says. Twenty-eight years later, the idea is still popular, and wonderfully executed at Yobo, where everything is made fresh onsite by their 10 chefs. The restaurant itself is designed to look like an Asian village with multilevel bamboo roofs, shoji screens, and a brook running through the dining room. The menu (and decor) changes seasonally, and local organic produce is used whenever possible. On February 17, Yobo will celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional dishes, like "long life noodles," and professional dragon dances throughout the evening. Reservations are recommended.
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