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Wasabi Sushi Bar coming to Overland Park

Wasabi Sushi Bar, a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant chain from St. Louis, plans to open in Overland Park’s Prairiefire development.

The 3,000-square-foot Wasabi has scheduled a spring 2014 opening in the center, at 135th Street between Lamar Avenue and Nall Avenue. Prairiefire’s first tenants are scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

The first Wasabi Sushi Bar opened in St. Louis in 2003 and it now has eight locations in the St. Louis area and in Colorado. It features traditional sushi offerings along with some of its own special twists and such entrees as grilled salmon and deep fried breaded pork loin. Drinks include Asian Pear Sake Mojitos. It also has a children’s menu and a happy hour menu.

Keith Enockson, spokesman for Wasabi, said the company picked the Prairiefire location because it will be a destination development but also a strong neighborhood draw.

Prairiefire is a planned 58-acre mixed-use development that will have upscale shopping and restaurants, and the Museum of Prairiefire featuring exhibits by New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Other Prairiefire tenants will include Cinetopia theater, Pinstripes Bowling Bocce Bistro, REI, Rock & Brews and The Fresh Market.