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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Creating a Fusion

Danielle Horvath - October 7th, 2004
Bobbiesee and Vachong Ku searched from Grand Rapids to St. Ignace for the right spot for the business they always wanted. “We grew up in family restaurants and knewB someday we’d have our own,” Ku explained.
The couple opened Fusion Restaurant in the heart of downtown Frankfort last January. The first Asian restaurant in Benzie County, it quickly drew the locals out of their winter hibernation and the flow of customers didn’t stop through the summer.
Originally from Laos, Ku moved to the Detroit area with his family and became a middle school teacher, but he knew deep down the food business was his true calling. The couple looked in larger cities but settled on the ambience of the small Lake Michigan town.
“We knew there was no Asian influence in the area, that the closest was Traverse City, and we just loved the area,” Ku explained. They didn’t want to build new, and they found just the right space on Main Street, which they renovated in traditional black and white décor, with many detailed touches. The look is exquisitely contemporary, offering a worldly, cosmopolitan touch to rural Benzie County.
The Ku’s and their staff have put in long days since they opened, and they are thrilled with the response from the community.
“Everyone has been wonderfully supportive,” Bobbisee said, “So many have told us they were just waiting for a place like ours. The locals come back over and over and we’ve made many friends already.”
Using only the freshest ingredients -- and with authentic dishes like Thai Red Gang Curry, Korean Kim Chee, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Japanese sushi and traditional Chinese-American choices -- they are quickly earning a following of loyal customers. Along with the varied menu, Fusion offers Rihaku Nigori and Ginga Shiziciku Sake, a variety of beers, from the popular Sapporo, a light, crisp Japanese beer, to those from China and Thailand.
Bobbisee added that it is their loyal customer base that they are happiest about. “They want us to succeed, so we listen to what they want and try to offer it.”
They will soon have wraps and sandwiches at lunch. And, they’ve added low-carb dishes and stock a chilled plum wine that was a customer’s special request.
The Ku’s are planning to be a permanent part of the Frankfort landscape for years to come, with hopes of opening more restaurants in the Northern Michigan area. “We’re very happy to be part of the community here,” explained Ku. “I’ve met hundreds of wonderful people; I can’t remember all their names!” Bobbiesee said. “I hope that every local citizen will come in and try us, at least once.”

Fusion Fall/Winter hours are: Tues.-Thurs. 11-8, Fri.-Sat. 11-9 and Sunday 11-8. They are closed Monday. Dinners range $9-20, lunches $4-7.

 
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