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Kenny's grand re-opening marks return of original ownership

Posted: December 2, 2011 - 1:03am
Original owner of Kenny's Wok, Kenny Yoon, center, stands with his General Manager and Chef Bruce Kim, left, and Sushi Chef Hyon Yong Yi at their downtown restaurant on Wednesday.  Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
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Original owner of Kenny's Wok, Kenny Yoon, center, stands with his General Manager and Chef Bruce Kim, left, and Sushi Chef Hyon Yong Yi at their downtown restaurant on Wednesday.

Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki celebrated its grand re-opening last week with a new menu and new interior décor.

Customers have dined at Kenny’s downtown eatery for seven years now, so the grand opening is more of a reopening. However, the celebration also marks the return of Kenny’s original owner, and namesake, Kwang “Kenny” Yoon.

Yoon once again runs Kenny’s with his head chef and general manager, Bruce Kim. So Kenny’s is opening under new — sort of — ownership.

Kim said the reopened Kenny’s is an improved Kenny’s. With 35 years of experience with Chinese and Japanese cuisine, Kim said he will tap into his experience to upgrade Kenny’s dishes with higher quality ingredients and a more experienced kitchen crew.

Kenny’s sushi kitchen and hot kitchen are fully staffed, Kim said. New tables and new paint have freshened-up up the interior.

“So we’re ready, just waiting for business,” Kim said.

But that business needs to pick up, Kim said.

“We’re still packed for lunch time, but that is not enough,” Kim said. Dinners have been slower. However, Kim said Kenny’s delivery service could make a difference. Delivery service is very popular in Anchorage, Kim said. “People don’t want to drive out.”

Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki was owned by Yoon Corp, when it opened in April of 2005. The Juneau Empire said of the 2005 opening “Kenny’s Wok n’ Teriyaki opened last weekend for customers to try the 50 to 100 rolls and 30 to 40 kinds of sushi that made Yoon’s other sushi restaurant, Little Tokyo, in Sitka, popular.”

Yoon sold Kenny’s to Song Park and Sung Park in March of 2009.

Kenny’s general manager, Kim, said the new owners didn’t work out.

Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki is a limited liability corporation. Yoon was issued a current business license for the business on Nov. 4.

Yoon has also owned the restaurants Little Tokyo in Sitka and Tarentino’s in Juneau.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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