Jan 19, 2013 8:41 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - A new restaurant is bringing sushi and teppanyaki to small town Montana.
The new Kobe Seafood and Steakhouse is located in the West Bank One development near the intersection of Third Street Northwest and Central Avenue West.
City and county officials were the first to get a taste of the new teppanyaki and sushi restaurant on Friday night.
"You don't really feel like you're in Great Falls when you're inside here, but that's a good thing," Great Falls Development Authority president Brett Doney said. "We need new experiences in Great Falls."
Steve Johnson, a lawyer in Great Falls, agreed.
"I think it's a great addition to the community to have a new restaurant, with a different flair, something other than meat and potatoes," Johnson said. "It's a good thing to do with friends, good social event."
Restaurant supervisor Sophia Ouch said teppanyaki-style of stir-frying on an iron griddle in front of the customers, using teriyaki and soy sauce.
She said the restaurant's chefs have come all over the world to work there.
"It's like we have our own little melting pot here, it's just really nice to have that culture here," Ouch said. "We also have locals coming to work here as well."
Johnson said it's not just the food that makes it different from other restaurants in the community.
"I was impressed by the communal aspect," Johnson said. "The fact that you can sit at the tables with other people and there's a cook, performance, dinner, a little bit of everything, entertainment, all wrapped in one."
The resturant will be open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The restaurant's opening date has been a moving target, before owners settled on Monday.