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Heidi Shaffer, Published January 26 2012

Fargo’s Osaka Sushi & Hibachi open

FARGO – After more than four months of renovations, Osaka Sushi & Hibachi is bringing some Asian flare to the former woodsy-themed Timberlodge Steak House building here.

The Japanese eatery featuring a dining room, sushi bar, 14 hibachi tables and a hibachi party room opened earlier this month.

Fargo’s seen an infusion of Asian-inspired restaurants over the past few years, but the fresh ingredients will set Osaka apart, said manager Jason Zhou.

Osaka is a franchise with seven locations in southern Minnesota. Fargo’s is the first North Dakota location, Zhou said.

Remodeling of the former Timberlodge started a couple of months after its closure in July. The update includes replacing the center bar with a sushi station, manned by two chefs.

Hibachi tables fill half of the restaurant and allow for an entertaining eating experience, Zhou said. A chef cooks in front of diners, providing good seats for a good show, he said.

“You’ll have great food fun,” Zhou said.

The restaurant brings in fresh fish from Chicago twice a week, despite expensive delivery fees, he said.

“We use very high-quality, fresh fish,” Zhou said.

Family-style hibachi meals range from $14.95 to 59.95. For sushi, specialty rolls range from $12.95 to $16.95. A lunch menu is also available Monday through Friday.

Two of the most popular choices are the Cowboy Roll and the Oh My God Roll, Zhou said.

A party room that seats 16 is perfect for birthdays and other celebrations, Zhou said.

“It’s good for having friends together,” he said.

Business profile

What: Osaka Sushi & Hibachi

Where: 1111 38th St. S., Fargo (in the former Timberlodge building)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

Contact: (701) 282-3888

Online: www.osakausa.com

Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511