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Heard on the Street: New owner to re-launch eatery with new name, more flavors

Sometimes a beginning comes right on the heels of an ending. That’s the situation at Rochester’sOsaka Sushi & Hibachiat 2043 Superior Drive NW.

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Sometimes a beginning comes right on the heels of an ending.

That’s the situation at Rochester’s Osaka Sushi & Hibachiat 2043 Superior Drive NW. The restaurant closed on May 20, but a local woman is ready to bring it back to life with a new name and an expanded menu.

Tiffany Houser, who many know as the longtime bar manager at Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar, is relaunching the northwest eatery as ZenFusion.

"I’ve always wanted my own restaurant … I’ve been looking for a place for five to 10 years," she said. "I used to go to Osaka after yoga. My friends suggested I buy it as a joke … And then it became a reality."

While she is keeping the hibachi and sushi offerings with former Osaka staff, Hauser wants to add more flavors and choices to the menu.

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That means adding some spice with Mexican dishes, like nachos and fajitas, as well as popular American ones.

Since she has retained the hibachi/sushi staff, Hauser plans to partially open that portion of the restaurant as soon as possible.

The hope is to have her full vision for ZenFusion running by the end of June.

"We’re lightening the atmosphere, but keeping it fun and family friendly with live entertainment. And we’re bringing back the great patio, which hasn’t been used in years," said Hauser.

The patio, which seats 70, was a very popular feature during the restaurant’s time as Westfire Grillefrom 2003 to 2009.

"We’re making it (the patio) inviting, with fire tables and outdoor heaters," she said.

A team of 16 to 20 will staff ZenFusion. Hauser is still looking to hire employees.

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