By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 7, 2019
A COUPLE who had a dream to see authentic Japanese food made and sold in Albany will see that dream come to fruition in less than a month, if all goes to plan.
Construction on Tony Wu and Kowin Huang’s Don Japanese Fusion will commence within the next two weeks in the old Al Taglio Woodfire Pizza building on Middleton Loop.
The pair are aiming to open the restaurant doors in early December and are excited to see everything come together.
“He has been cooking Japanese food for 10 years and he’s really passionate about it, so when we came to Albany, he worked around at all the restaurants but didn’t really find anywhere that sold proper Japanese food,” Ms Huang said of Mr Wu.
“This is his dream … for people to know what proper Japanese food is and combine creativity with culture, so people can see what else we can do beside the traditional foods.”
Don Japanese Fusion will trade 9am to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm Sunday, and shut on Mondays.
Project Manager Rob Forgione from Concept Building Design said the shop fit-out was “quite unique” in its design.
“It’s very organic with a lot of timber … the interior reflects the culture,” he said.
“It will be casual dining style,” Ms Huang added.
“It will feel like home, very comfortable.”
Builder Trevor Craig from Envisage Building Solutions described the project as “one-of-a-kind”.
The Weekender will check in with Ms Huang and Mr Wu again when the restaurant is nearing completion.