Stan Le

Photo by Tony Kukulich

David Ho with Stan Le, owner of the new Samurai Teppanyaki Sushi Bar located in Antioch.

For anyone who’s ever cruised past the ever-popular Shirasoni only to discover a line out the door can now keep cruising down the street, as the owners celebrated the grand opening of a second restaurant in nearby Antioch this week.

Also located on Lone Tree Way where Brentwood and Antioch borders meet, the new restaurant – Samurai Japanese Restaurant – will feature the same signature style: delicious Japanese food prepared with flare before guests. 

According to the owner, Stan Le, the location was one he’d been eyeing 12 years ago for Shirasoni.

“When we first decided to open (Shirasoni) in this area, this (Samurai) location was the first where we wanted to sign the lease, but unfortunately, we couldn’t at the time,” said Le. “So when the shopping center went through bankruptcy, someone bought it and the listing agent knew I loved this property, and they made an offer.”

The new property boasts a larger bar area than Shirasoni, which Le said grants them the opportunity to offer more specialty beverages.

On opening day, Dec. 18, anxious customers lined the sidewalk with folding chairs hours beforehand in order to become one of the first 100, a commitment that meant they would receive free sushi for one full year. One patron, Amy Ochoa, reported arriving that morning, though she wasn’t the first.

“Arrived at 11 a.m. and am waiting in line for the opening at 4:30 p.m. … I am No. 10 or 11 in line,” she wrote in a post on Samurai’s Facebook page. 

In addition to free sushi for those 100 guests, a portion of proceeds from the first three days of the grand opening will be slated for Antioch PAL, Delta Veterans Group and Deer Valley High School sports program.

The Le family is no stranger to the industry, owning a variety of restaurants around the Bay Area and beyond, each run by a family member. And just as Shirasoni promotes its Brentwood community, the new Samurai will do so for Antioch – offering students rewards for good grades and free meals for anniversaries for those enrolled in the rewards program, among other customer loyalty bonuses.

Samurai will be open for dinner, Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.  Kids eat free Tuesday; Wednesday features half off on the fish bowl along with senior discounts; Thursday is $5 martini night; and happy hour runs every day from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Samurai’s location also has the space for parties of 40 for private celebrations.

“We’ve been blessed at Shirasoni, and we feel that East County has a customer base that likes this teppanyaki style restaurant,” Le said. “We want to make sure that when the guests come here, they are satisfied and leave with a good experience.”

Samurai Japanese Restaurant is located at 5007 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch. For more information, call 925-206-4644, or visit www.facebook.com/samuraiantioch.

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