Koi Fusion to open Monday in former Samurai space near 37th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Dave Wan and his wife, Nasy Chan, have chosen a name for the new restaurant they’re bringing to the 37th and Woodlawn area and are ready to open.

Koi Fusion opens Monday in the former Samurai space near the southeast corner of the intersection.

The former Portland, Ore., residents plan a fusion of Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese food.

Wan is from Hong Kong. Chan has Cambodian and Vietnamese roots.

Dishes will include teriyaki, pho noodles and hibachi grill cooking.

Koi Fusion will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“I hope to open one on the west side,” Wan says. “It just depends on how business goes.”

He’s hoping for a little luck, which is why Wan chose the Koi name.

“Koi is a good luck kind of symbol.”

New Asian fusion restaurant to open in Samurai space near 37th and Woodlawn

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.

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.