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Kaama Lounge, Mmoon and Freddie J's open in San Jose; Milano reopens

IN SPITE of Silicon Valley’s limping economy, the restaurant scene continues to show signs of life. For every restaurant that closes, it seems there are two new ones that open. Here are some of the new restaurants as well as changes to old restaurants.

Kaama Lounge and Restaurant opens March 18 on the site of the late Fuel Restaurant in San Jose. Chef Matt Mermod plans to offer “global comfort food.” Look for creative riffs on classics like spaghetti and meatballs, nachos and even the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 385 S. Winchester Ave., San Jose.

Freddie J’s Bar & Lounge has opened in place of the late, great Mission Ale House. Freddie J’s offers two bars, a lounge area, an outdoor patio and Philly cheese steaks available every day until 3am. As for music, look for old-school hip-hop and R&B every night. 97 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose.

The Mmoon will bring fresh-baked, Argentine-style empanadas to downtown San Jose sometime in May. The family-run restaurant will replace Zahir’s. 177 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose.

Harumi Sushi opened earlier this month at 19754 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, where Sushi Tatsumi used to be. Look (out) for the “flaming dragon roll,” a specialty that comes with a fire underneath and includes deep-fried shrimp, snow crab, avocado, spicy tuna, yellowtail tuna and tobiko. Every Wednesday and Thursday are “Sake Fever Nights” when small glasses of sake are only 99 cents.

Milano reopens March 16 at 394 S. Second St., San Jose. The renovated restaurant will offer a new Pacific Rim menu featuring ingredients and wines from local vendors and wineries.