New businesses fill downtown void

Two new businesses are helping to give one corner of downtown Lafayette a second chance.

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 11:18 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2018 11:19 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two new businesses are helping to give one corner of downtown Lafayette a second chance. Sichuan House and Kawa Sushi now fill the space where Ichiban Sichuan Restaurant use to sit.

It will be a change for a building with a troubled past. As we reported back in June, the Tippecanoe County Health Department revoked Ichiban's food permit after it received 101 health code violations.

Manager of Sichuan House, Klair Huang said she and her co-workers are always communicating with the health department.

"When we have questions we just ask and they are really nice and tell us everything and then when we have problems they help us to fix it," said Huang. 

She hopes that will help them to keep the business afloat. The restaurant markets itself as truly authentic Chinese, a style manager Jack Sun said some people may not be use to.

"There are so many Chinese restaurants and I think most of them serve the American style Chinese food," Sun said. 

The style is specific to the southwest region of China.

"It's well-known for its spicy, pungent, hot uses lots of garlic and chili pepper," said Sun. 

He encourages first time customers to ask lots of questions. "I think I'm good educator. If people got any questions I would be glad to tell them."

Sichuan House plans to have a soft opening this week and will announce the grand opening soon after. No word on when Kawa will open, but a sign on the door Tuesday, said it would be closed the next few days for maintenance. 

Managers at Sichuan said the two businesses are not connected in any way.

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