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Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2005

Juneau gets second sushi restaurant

Kwang "Kenny" Yoon, a third-generation Korean chef, brings his style of sushi and Chinese and Japanese cuisine to downtown Juneau.

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 previously owned and managed restaurants in Anchorage and Seattle, as well.

The menu is also available for takeout and delivery to downtown, Douglas Island and Lemon Creek. Yoon said the restaurant will be open year-round.

Barbecue restaurant replaces Taco Bell

Juneau's former Taco Bell franchise at 9116 Mendenhall Mall Road has been renovated under new ownership into a Texas barbecue eatery with an Alaska twist.

Opening last month, the Thunder Mountain Smokehouse serves ribs, chicken and pork slow-roasted and topped with the restaurant's homemade sauce.

The owners are Juneau residents with 30-plus years of experience in the restaurant business, but currently they own only this establishment.

Thunder Mountain delivers to the Valley and Lemon Creek and offers a drive-through pick-up window.

On the Move

Steven J. Brantner, financial consultant in charge of the Juneau office of Merrill Lynch, was recently honored for achieving the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation in 2004, conferred by the Investment Management Consultants Association, at its annual spring meeting.

This designation is earned by completing extensive graduate-level coursework and successfully passing a thorough examination. Brantner is among about 4,000 individuals worldwide and only five in Alaska who have attained this license. Maintenance of the CIMA requires continuing graduate-level education for recertification every two years.

Nancy Potts, merchandise manager for The Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, was recognized for accumulating more than 20 years of service.

Potts oversees the majority of the buying for the store. In 2003, she became a shareholder in the corporation. Also, as an avid runner and biker, Potts recently competed in the Kluane Bike Relay and is training for her sixth marathon this fall.

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