This popular Des Moines sushi chain is opening a new location in Ankeny's Prairie Trail
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It's time to brush up on your chopsticks skills, Ankeny. You'll soon have a new sushi restaurant in your midst.
The Des Moines-based sushi chain has locations in Waukee, Johnston, Des Moines and downtown Des Moines.
Other Wasabi locations
- Wasabi Chi (Des Moines): 5418 Douglas Ave., Des Moines
- Wasabi (Waukee): 9500 University Ave., West Des Moines
- Wasabi (Johnston): 8705 Chambery Blvd., Johnston
- Wasabi Tao (Downtown): 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
Owner Jay Wang says the new restaurant will offer sushi and Asian-style tapas with unique sauces. It will feature a rare Japanese grill noted for exceptional cooking of meat and seafood.
The 4,000-square-foot restaurant is scheduled to open in May and will seat 125 diners. The new Wasabi will also include a street-side patio for 50 guests.
“Wasabi restaurants are known for their elegant Asian dishes,” says Ashley Johnson, director of marketing for DRA Properties, developer of Prairie Trail. “They have such a loyal following and we are so excited to bring their excellent cuisine to The District.”
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A large bar will serve novel Asian cocktails and an expanded wine selection. Wang says the aesthetic will be cosmopolitan and contemporary, featuring natural elements like concrete floors. “The ambiance will be chic, sleek and trendy,” Wang said.
The restaurant will be in the same building as the New York Life Insurance Company in The District. Wang expects the restaurant to have 25-35 employees.
“Ankeny is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation,” Wang said. “And when you think of Ankeny, what do you think of? The District.”
Jay Wang moved to the United States in 2001 and lived in New York City. After visiting a cousin in Des Moines, he moved his family to the area because of the quality of life.