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Grand Opening of OM to benefit Tucson Children’s Museum

Tucson’s New Asian Restaurant Fuses Contemporary Fare with Classic Techniques
OM Modern Asian Kitchen’s April 10 Grand Opening to Benefit Tucson Children’s Museum

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 5, 2010)OM Modern Asian Kitchen and Sushi Bar is a new, unique Asian dining concept with a full sushi bar that will offer distinctive lunch and late night specials.

The restaurant is located in the former Neo of Melaka location on 1765 E. River Road and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and until 1 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

“We are taking a modern approach to Asian cuisine,” said owner Allen Yap. “At OM, we’re blending distinct and vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia, while using classic French techniques and presenting them with a distinctive, contemporary flair.”

Together with the Tucson Children’s Museum, Southern Arizona’s interactive museum for children, OM will celebrate its grand opening with a public event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 10. 50 percent of all sushi sale profits that day will go back to the museum.

“We are so pleased to support the Tucson Children’s Museum with our opening,” said Allen. “Their mission to provide fun programming for children in Southern Arizona is a worthy cause, which we fully endorse.”

John Kujundzich, executive chef of OM, recently came from the AAA Four Diamond-awarded Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas, to oversee OM’s kitchen. Since arriving in Tucson, he has been integrating seasonal flavors to the menu with sushi chef Yuki Watabe, who has worked at establishments such as Benihana and Sakura and owned Yuki Sushi.

“Don’t expect standard egg rolls and lettuce wraps at OM,” said Yap. “We’re having fun creating delicious options for our guests with discerning tastes.”

Yap’s team completely remodeled the restaurant’s interior, creating an open floor plan with a modern décor accented by muted tones and an enclosed patio for outdoor dining options. He said the goal is to create a comfortable, yet energetic, atmosphere.

“We want guests to sit back and relax in an exciting, urban setting, while enjoying a memorable meal,” said Yap.

While a high level of service and quality dining options are important to the OM experience, Yap sought offerings that are kind to patrons’ budgets through daily lunch specials that are under $10 with a quick turnaround.

“Our lunches are meant for both professionals and families,” said Yap. “Our guests can dine with us and have a satisfying meal with enough time to make it back for afternoon meetings or continue their errands.”

The restaurant also offers a progressive happy hour menu, offering specials on sushi, starters, beer, wine and featured cocktails under $5, daily from 3 pm – 6 pm and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm – 1 am, making OM one of few places in Tucson that is open for late night dining.

To attend OM’s public event or make reservations, call (520) 299-7815 or visit


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