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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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