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Japanese steak house picks Danville for second location

A popular Japanese steak house and sushi restaurant in Nicholasville is planning to open a second location in Danville in 2020.

Asuka Japanese Steak House and Sushi expects to break ground for its new location on property near Cattleman’s Roadhouse and Buffalo Wings & Rings in the late fall this year, said Jason Shaver, a manager for the restaurant.

A photo from Asuka’s Facebook page shows a hibachi chef cooking in the restaurant. Photo from Asuka Japanese Steak House & Sushi.

“We’re not in a huge hurry, but we do want to get the ball moving come fall,” Shaver said.

Asuka’s Brannon Crossing location offers hibachi, sushi, teppanyaki cuisine and a full-size bar with 20 beers on tap, including a rotation of local craft beers and “as big a bourbon selection as they let us have,” Shaver said. The Danville location will replicate much of that same experience, but it will also have an expanded menu with options like hamburgers, sliders and sandwiches, meaning the restaurant will be “not just for people who enjoy Asian food,” he explained.

“We do want to try to not just be another Asian food place. We want to try to incorporate as much Kentucky (as possible),” Shaver said. “We want to try to please people as much as we can as far as our new menu that we’re going to come out with.”

Asuka picked Danville because they know from their customer rewards program that many of its return customers live in Danville. It also seemed like a good location because “it seems like a growing town” with a customer base that could support the new business, Shaver said.

Asuka initially looked at moving into an existing building in Danville, but none of the ones they looked at had the infrastructure to support how the restaurant operates. Instead, Asuka will build its own building, which will include garage doors in the bar area between an indoor and an outdoor patio seating area, Shaver said.

An estimate of how many people might be employed at the new business wasn’t immediately available, but Shaver said it will be similar in number to the Nicholasville restaurant.