By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Other | Issue: December 2012
Owners Quinton Wong and Huy Huynh of Akira Sushi Bar.
Holiday festivities are supposed to be joyous and fun, but the enjoyment can quickly dissipate for those who put in hours of hard work and planning to create a festive atmosphere for everyone else. If your month before Christmas is starting to give you nightmares where “visions of sugar plums” are supposed to be, why not reduce some of this stress by letting Akira Sushi Bar in Owasso cater your holiday party or get-together?
“We do all kinds of parties – holiday, birthday, meetings – and no party is too big or too small,” says Quinton Wong, owner of Owasso’s Akira Sushi Bar. “We don’t have a set catering menu, but work with each customer to design their own unique menu.” All kinds of options are available for your party. Quinton reports that some people choose to pick up their orders, while others like to have a personal chef on site. Clients can even opt to have a sushi bar set up on site. Like the catering menu, the level of party assistance is uniquely geared to the client’s tastes and expectations for their party.
Even if you are not planning an event, the holiday hustle and bustle can certainly make you too tired to feel like making dinner some days. After a long day of shopping or work, why not relax in Akira Sushi Bar’s comfortable atmosphere? Akira not only serves a full lunch and dinner menu, but also hosts a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. every day, during which they serve half-price appetizers, $2 domestic beer, and $3 hot sake. In fact, Quinton recommends hot sake and sushi as a great wintertime treat any time of day. “It will be sure to warm you up!” he says. You can also check some items off your Christmas shopping list by purchasing gift cards for family and friends at Akira Sushi Bar, which have no expiration date and with balances that can be checked online.
While you are unwinding at Akira, you will want to check out their new, updated menu, offering even more sushi rolls, entrées, appetizers, seafood and stir fry than ever before. Quinton notes that the restaurant now has a full list of domestic beers, wines and sake, and encourages customers to check Akira’s Facebook page regularly for specials. “In November, we ran a special on ‘Purple Haze,’ which is hot sake mixed with Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur,” he notes, adding that there were many daily specials on menu items as well. “People should check often because we are always running new specials.”
Quinton and Chef Huy Huynh have spent the nine months since Akira Sushi Bar’s entrance onto the Owasso scene listening to locals, in order to determine customers’ taste and add appropriate new items. This displays their commitment to personal service, which extends to the local community as well, as evidenced by their generous donations to local school and charitable organizations. For December, Quinton especially wants to concentrate on helping Owasso Community Resources refill their food banks. “After Thanksgiving, food banks are often empty,” says Quinton. “So we feel it is a great time to help them stock up for the coming Christmas holiday.” Owasso Community Resources will act as one of the host sites for the Tulsa area’s Angel Tree Project, and Quinton wants Akira Sushi Bar to assist in this endeavor as well.
“Owasso and the surrounding towns are great communities, and we have really gotten to know people in the last nine months,” says Quinton. “We want to give something back.”