Sukiyaki House res­ur­rected in city

Calgary Herald - - Calgary Business - D AV I D PARKER

Good news for sushi lovers — Anna Kwong has re­opened Sukiyaki House. It first wel­comed cus­tomers back in 1976 when there were few Ja­panese restau­rants in town, at its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion in Gaslight Square just to the west of 4th Street along 10th Av­enue S.W.

Kwong be­gan work there as the ac­coun­tant in 1991, looking af­ter it and four of its other restau­rants that in­cluded Ky­oto 17.

When the owner re­tired in 2003, she bought Sukiyaki House, only to have the lease ter­mi­nated in 2006 to make way for the new de­vel­op­ment that is now the big hole in the ground.

With the help of Garry Holbrook, part­ner at Leaseco Realty Ad­vi­sors, Kwong has been on the look­out for the per­fect spot to open up again and be­lieves she has found it on the ground floor of Penn West Plaza.

The lo­ca­tion will be great — once constructi­on is com­pleted on the two tow­ers at the cor­ner of 9th Av­enue and 1st Street S.W.

Penn West staff have cer­tainly found it. When the new Bankers Court opens di­rectly across the street, there will be an­other 15 storeys of of­fice work­ers ea­ger to try Kwong’s fine es­tab­lish­ment.

The new Sukiyaki House has been rein­car­nated into a much trendier space than Kwong’s pre­vi­ous eatery, a fine ex­am­ple of the creative skills of Par­choma & Jones De­sign. It re­ally fits its down­town ad­dress with a clean, mod­ern in­te­rior that, in its 2,300 square feet, boasts a 23-foot sushi bar that seats 13 peo­ple.

But the food of­fered by four of her for­mer chefs and two new chefs from Ja­pan is still pre­pared in the tra­di­tional Ja­panese style, but with a west­ern-style pre­sen­ta­tion.

DeMille Books has been a vi­tal Cal­gary in­sti­tu­tion since it was founded by Eve­lyn DeMille back in 1956.

The tech­ni­cal book op­er­a­tion was sold to McNally Robin­son and re­lo­cated into its at­trac­tive Stephen Av­enue book­store, but when that was closed last year, we were in dan­ger of los­ing a city trea­sure.

En­gi­neer Char­lie Perry, a reg­u­lar cus­tomer since the early 1980s, tried to con­vince oth­ers to re­open it. There were no tak­ers, so he met with Paul McNally for ad­vice. Af­ter a ton of en­cour­age­ment and in­spi­ra­tion from Eve­lyn Perry, Char­lie in­vested in his own book­store and DeMille Books is flour­ish­ing again.

He opened in the Her­ald an­nex build­ing at 207 6th Ave. S.W. and, thanks to his vol­un­teer in­volve­ment with Im­mi­grant Ser­vices Cal­gary, has been able to hire staff with tech­ni­cal savvy.

The man­ager of his store is Cindy Chen, who has a de­gree in elec­tri­cal/me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing from Bei­jing, and both part-time staff are also en­gi­neers.

Perry still has a day job as a con­sult­ing pipe­line en­gi­neer but spends a lot of time in his new store.

It’s hard to keep up with all the things Gor­don Hoff­man is in­volved in, but top of mind to­day for the Cal­gary lawyer is the pro­duc­tion of Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels at The­atre Cal­gary.

Hoff­man is chair­man of the En­vi­ros Wilder­ness Foun­da­tion and is us­ing the May 7 per­for­mance as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s eighth an­nual gala event to sup­port the agency.

Paula Trotter, Cal­gary Her­ald

Sukiyaki House owner Anna Kwong re­cently re­opened in a new lo­ca­tion at 297 9th Ave. S.W.

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