Sakura Japanese Steakhouse expected to open in Elkhart later this month

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

Soon, you won’t have to leave Elkhart for Hibachi grilled food.

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse — which is also known as Sakura Hibachi & Grill, as its sign reads — is expected to open later this month, according to owner “Leo” Qi Lin and his wife “Teresa” Jia Ming Lin.

The restaurant is located at 151 C.R. 6 in Elkhart, and has a dining area,  sushi bar and six Hibachi grills. Each grill seats eight people. 

The Hibachi grill will offer grilled vegetables, salmon, chicken, steak and shrimp. The restaurant also offers both traditional sushi dishes as well as those which have been popularized in the United States. In addition to its grilled food and sushi dishes, the menu offers bento boxes, udon and soba noodles and teriyaki and tempura dishes.

Check out the menu here.

The restaurant will have two sushi chefs and two Hibachi grill chefs, including Qi. He’s been a sushi chef for the last seven years and a Hibachi chef for the last two.

While Jia Ming hopes the restaurant will be busy on its first day, she wants their chefs to be able to prepare the best possible food for their customers.

“Everything has to be detailed,” Jia Ming said. “If we’re too busy, of course, we’ll make money. But we don’t want to make the customer disappointed.”

The restaurant will also hand out VIP cards within a month of opening, which will give customers a 10 percent discount every time they return to the restaurant, Jia Ming said. 

They don’t have a set date for when the restaurant will be open until after the Elkhart County health department completes its inspection of the building, Jia Ming said. The restaurant was previously an AT&T store. It shares the building with Jimmy John’s and Jet’s Pizza.

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse is one of several area restaurants which offers Japanese cuisine, including Chubby Trout and Jade Garden in Elkhart, and Kaizen in Goshen.

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Dinner hours will continue until 11 p.m. on Fridays. The restaurant will also be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, but it will not offer lunch specials over the weekend.

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