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Sushi is out, ramen is in: College Hill restaurant closing for redo

Fuji Japanese Grill & Sushi will close on Sept. 3, and when it reopens in October, it’ll focus on ramen and hibachi meals and eliminate sushi.
Fuji Japanese Grill & Sushi will close on Sept. 3, and when it reopens in October, it’ll focus on ramen and hibachi meals and eliminate sushi. The Wichita Eagle

There’s too much sushi in Wichita, says Daniel Lin. So he’s getting rid of his – and he’s closing his restaurant for at least a month to remodel it and change the menu.

Three years ago, Lin opened Fuji Japanese Grill & Sushi at 327 N. Hillside in the space that was formerly occupied by Yamasa Japanese Grill. But now, he said, it’s time for a change. His menu is heavy on sushi, and too many other restaurants in town are serving that these days, he said.

“It’s too common,” he said. “All places have sushi now.”

On Sept. 3, Lin plans to close Fuji down, and he won’t reopen until mid-October.

While the restaurant is closed, he will revamp the menu and the dining room. He hasn’t decided for sure, but he’s thinking of focusing the new menu on trendy ramen bowls and hibachi-style dishes.

The restaurant will still be a casual, order-at-the-counter place to keep costs down.

Lin says he’s looking forward to the change.

“I like both a lot,” he said. “ I want to provide the food I like to the people.”

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