WICHITA — A new Asian fusion restaurant is opening in the former Samurai space near 37th and Woodlawn.
Portland, Ore., resident Dave Wan and his wife, Nasy Chan, are moving to Wichita to open the restaurant in 2,000 square feet of the 12,000-square-foot center to the east of the southeast corner of the intersection.
"We have relatives there," Wan says of Wichita.
He says he's still mulling a name for the business, which will be a fusion of Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese food.
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Wan is from Hong Kong. Chan has Cambodian and Vietnamese roots.
Dishes will include teriyaki, pho noodles and hibachi grill cooking.
"It's an open-kitchen concept," Wan says.
He thinks they most likely won't serve alcohol but will have a variety of other drinks, such as bubble tea, Thai iced tea and fruit drinks.
Wan says he's planning an April opening.
Building co-owner W.G. Farha says the new lease brings the center to 100 percent occupancy.
"We're excited about the area with Koch's expansion and two new schools opening in the Bel Aire area," he says.
He's also an owner in the 12,600-square-foot center next to that one, which has one 1,400-square-foot space left.