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A West Des Moines sushi house is closing briefly as three brothers merge their Iowa restaurants into one. And it will get a name change in the process. 

Fusion Bistro at 3701 E.P. True Parkway (in the former space of BW's Burgers) opened in September serving burgers, sushi, pho, pasta, rice, and sushi tacos six days per week.

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But the restaurant will be closing for two weeks, from Sunday, Dec. 23 to Tuesday, Jan. 8 for the merge with two other Iowa sushi restaurants — Shokai Sushi at 101 W. Broadway Avenue in Fairfield and 1115 N. Roosevelt Avenue in Burlington.

The new name will be Shokai Fusion, and it plans to keep favorites on the menu like burgers and pho, said Fusion Bistro's part-owner Nikone Sisomphane.

"The Des Moines location will be run by me and my brothers all with rotating around back and forth," Sisomphane said.

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Sisomphane's youngest brother, Kanda Sisomphane, owns Shokai Sushi in Burlington, and his oldest brother Nikhom Sisomphane owns the Shokai Sushi in Fairfield.

"Shokai Fairfield is excited to announce that we are expanding to West Des Moines," Shokai Sushi in Fairfield posted on Facebook on Dec. 18.

"New signage and alcohol license will be in the process during the closing," said Nikone Sisomphane. "It's another big project for me and my family. This will be our third location also."

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