Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Milams to Open Musashi's Steakhouse

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Milams to Open Musashi's Steakhouse

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Targeting a slightly different segment of the Oklahoma City market, Carl and Anita Milam, owners of Sushi Neko in the Crown Heights district, plan to open a teppanyaki-style steakhouse called Musashi's in the same area.

Musashi's will be at 4315 N. Western Ave. directly across from Sushi Neko. The restaurant will offer everything from Kobe-styled beef to shrimp and lobster -- all prepared by chefs who will enhance the restaurant's atmosphere with "displays of fire and artistry." There will be a chef assigned to each dining room in the restaurant.

Carl Milam said the decision to build a second restaurant providing Japanese cuisine was due in part to the resistance of some metro residents to Sushi Neko.

"At Sushi Neko, what we found out is that there are certain people that sushi just scares them," Milam said. "We're very successful at this point, but we realize that there are a lot of people that really enjoy Japanese steaks and so forth and they are not willing or wanting to try sushi, so we think this is going to be a good symbiosis."

The design and construction team that completed Sushi Neko will be used for the construction of Musashi's. Chris White of the White Design Group is doing architectural design. Monty Jacobs of Clyde Riggs Construction will handle construction management.

Plans call for the restaurant to be 5,000 square feet and to seat 125. CSN Group LLC purchased the site, from Harry McMullan III on April 30 for $350,000. Milam said the restaurant should open during the first quarter of 2002 and will employ 60 people.

The site at 4315 N. Western was previously home to a bar called "The Shutter Bugs" and an OG&E substation. Milam had both structures demolished and is building Musashi's "from the ground up."

The restaurant's name comes from Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary samurai warrior born in 1584. By the age of 30, Musashi was said to have won more than 60 duels and was considered invincible. …

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