For the last 15 years we have all enjoyed the delicious cuisine at Tsunami Sushi in downtown Lafayette. Now, there will be a new location in the area to enjoy their fantastic fare.

Tsunami will be opening soon inside Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in Charenton, Louisiana.

Construction has begun on the former Rikrak, an Asian restaurant that closed last month.

Michelle Ezell, owner of Tsunami, expects the new restaurant to open in about three months. And customers can expect the same wonderful cuisine, pricing, and service as their Lafayette and Baton Rouge locations have been known for.

"People like going to Cypress Bayou," Ezell said. "It's always been associated with celebrations and good times. To be a part of it is a compliment to us."

The restaurant is also looking to expand to New Orleans too in the near future.

"We've been looking in the New Orleans market for over a year," Ezell said. "We have a location that may be the one."

The restaurant's growth has also led Ezell to name two longtime employees, Fred Nonato, chief operating officer, and Toon Nguyen, a sushi chef and quality control manager, minority owners of Tsunami.


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