Most landlords are happy to close a deal on empty space, but Jack Kellogg is particularly excited to have found a new tenant for 605 W. Douglas next to his Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Delano.
It’s Sakura, the sushi restaurant that husband and wife Trien Tran and Ernice Low closed late last year near Harry and Rock.
“I drove over there all the time, I loved them so much,” Kellogg says. “I’m thrilled to have what was my favorite sushi restaurant right next door.”
That’s the space formerly occupied by Big B’s Beef, which closed in late August.
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Low says when Sakura’s lease was up last year, she and her husband decided to let their east-side space go and take some time off to travel and see family.
She says Delano seems like a great neighborhood that is “kind of relaxed” and “kind of friendly.”
“I feel very good about that.”
Low says she sees lots of people walking around the area.
“I like that.”
Low and Tran are planning a renovation of the space.
“We might change a little bit,” Low says.
She expects they’ll be able to seat about 40 or 50 and will be open by early December.
Low and Tran will focus on sushi and other popular dishes
Tran had been the head chef at Kwan Court before he and Low opened Sakura.
Even though their new restaurant will be on the opposite side of town from where they were, Low says she thinks customers will find them.
“We still have a lot of loyal customers.”
Kellogg says Low and Tran were known for running a quality operation.
“They never skimped on portions. There’s so many things I could say that’s nice about them. Plus, they’re wonderful people,” he says. “Delano … is going to be lucky to have them.”