New Sushi Bar and Lounge Opening in Downtown Kalispell

Blue Samurai slated to open in December following building renovations

By Dillon Tabish
The future site of Blue Samurai Sushi Bar and Lounge in downtown Kalispell on Oct. 28, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Tony Tran, a former executive chef and co-owner of a large sushi restaurant in Tampa, Florida, is bringing his culinary talents to downtown Kalispell.

Tran, pronounced “Train,” and his family are in the process of renovating the vacant space at 323 Main St., next door to The Toggery, and developing Blue Samurai Sushi Bar and Lounge.

The goal is to open the new restaurant in December, Tran said.

“I want to bring Montana into the Japanese Asian culture and bond them together,” he said.

Train said the restaurant will offer fresh seafood and specialty dishes that change regularly. He said he is acquiring an alcohol license to serve drinks as well.

Tran previously operated Ocean Blue in north Tampa. He had family living in Kalispell and decided to move here a year ago. Seeing the success of downtown businesses like The Toggery, he said he decided to open a new restaurant, which will offer Asian cuisine and sushi.

Correction: The story previously stated incorrectly that the address of the new restaurant is 1926 Main St. The correct address is 323 Main St.

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