For Michelle Wang, owner of Kasai Hibachi Sushi and Bar in Colleyville, the restaurant is more than just another entity under her name—it is a challenge. Using her passion for food and her experience in the restaurant industry, Wang—who also co-owns a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Forney—made it her goal to bring this location of Kasai back on its feet after she purchased it during the pandemic.

Wang acquired the Colleyville restaurant from a couple during the pandemic. She said Kasai Hibachi Sushi and Bar was not in the best shape at that time.

“[So] I had a chance to jump on it and just kind of prove to myself that I can do it. And I want to flip this place around,” Wang said.

Now the head of the restaurant, Wang said she only uses high-quality, fresh meat and fish for the dishes, such as the Colleyville Roll, made of shrimp tempura, avocado, crab salad and spicy mayo. However, Hibachi—a Japanese technique that involves grilling meats, vegetables and rice on a large, flat-top grill—remains the most popular attraction among customers, Wang said.

“The food tastes really good on the grill, especially right off the grill, steaming hot,” she said.

The menu has also expanded to include some Thai dishes from Wang’s Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Forney. Wang said those additions have received good feedback.

With the Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Forney and this Japanese restaurant up and running in Colleyville, Wang said she is hoping to open a Chinese restaurant in the near future.

Get your roll on: There are two types of sushi rolls depending on how the meat inside is prepared. Cooked sushi rolls include fried foods, like tempura or egg, and tend to be more flavorful. Uncooked sushi rolls include raw, specially prepared foods like salmon, tuna and yellowtail.

Kasai Hibachi Sushi and Bar, 5645 Colleyville Blvd., Ste. 100, Colleyville. 817-398-4226. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m; Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m, 4:30-10:30 p.m; Sat. noon-10:30 p.m; Sun. noon-9:30 p.m.