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By: | Posted: 02/11/2013
How many truck-to-bricks-and-mortar restaurants can one metropolitan area hold? Don’t answer that question before factoring in one more: Sushi Fix, the sushi truck sensation of last summer is about to open in Wayzata.
But first: Sushi in a truck? If you weren’t one of the many converted-skeptics of last summer, truck sushi is a very good thing. At least it is, from the kitchen of Enkhbileg “Billy” Tserenbat, former sushi chef at Yumi in Excelsior, who has a very delicate, flavorful, and fresh, approach to that most delicate and flavorful of foods. And now this chef, this truck, this sensation of the summer, is opening a bricks-and-mortar main base, in downtown Wayzata.
Downtown Wayzata lovers will of course remember good old Black’s Ford on Lake Street, and yes, that’s where the new permanent location of Sushi Fix will be. Same name as the truck, same chef as the truck, but now with added chairs! Ten at the sushi bar, 30 in the dining room. The overall plan, Tserenbat told me, is to have a soft open on Feb. 21, and a grand opening the week of March 1. This year there will be dinner only at the Wayzata location, so as not to interfere with the lunch schedule of the truck. Because once the weather gets nice Tserenbat’s general plan is to never sleep again.
To wit! He will rise before dawn, report to the Wayzata location, and stock the truck for lunch. Then off to the city to do battle for a good truck location, and city lunch. Then back to Wayzata, clean the truck, prep for dinner. Serve dinner! Have a beer. Catch 40 winks, or possibly 20, then back in the truck at dawn. At night, the truck will be available for catering, in case you need it parked in your Lake Minnetonka area driveway, serving dads or grads.
Oh, and also: Hawaiian food! Tserenbat tells me this summer, somehow, he’s going to start making simple Hawaiian food to sell from the truck. Dishes like poke, Hawaiian roast pork, lomi lomi, you name it. “If you were in Hawaii and ate the food, what I do will bring back that memory,” Tserenbat told me. “Doing things simply is the hardest thing to do.”
“Like getting some time to play golf?” I asked, knowing Tserenbat’s avowed love of the game. “Yes, I want to play more golf,” Tserenbat sighed. “But I think for the next three years I won’t play any golf. It’s okay. I can play it in my mind. Many years ago, I got a job offer from New York, and I refused it. Before I opened my truck, I kept wondering, in the back of my mind, did I ruin my life when I said no? Now I’m so happy. I had doubts about myself until last summer—but oh, we were so successful. Everybody was so kind. So now I’m very busy, and very happy. Golf can wait.”
So that’s the scoop, people: Sushi Fix bricks-and-mortar opening before the ice is out on the lake—and you can meet Tserenbat out near the sand-trap round about spring 2016.
Sushi Fix, 862 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 612-532-0305, sushifix.net, Facebook, Twitter
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.See bio
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