Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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