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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Restaurant Opening: Kasai Asian Grill

Kasai Asian Grill announces its grand opening at 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 16. The new restaurant will be a complete rebranding and overhaul of the restaurant formerly known as Sapporo. In addition to the grand opening, the restaurant will be hosting a private charity night to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale on Thursday, November 15.

Kasai is a collaboration between Sapporo’s original owners Mike Russello and Patrick King. After selling Sapporo in 2009, Russello and King went on to open a number of restaurants throughout the Valley including; Humble Pie, The Living Room, and The Creek Patio Grill. Since then, the co-owners have returned to Sapporo to rebrand the venue and re-open it under a new name.

Kasai will be a sleek Japanese eatery complete with elevated teppanyaki tables, a redesigned sushi bar, Asian fusion menu, and an expanded bar patio. Named after the Japanese Kasai, for fire, the restaurant will showcase a dining room and framework inspired by the element of fire. Kasai will build on familiar Asian cuisine, creating an authentic yet innovative Asian fusion menu.

The grand opening of the restaurant will be held from 3 p.m. till 11 p.m. on Friday, November 16. The night will be accompanied by fire dancers and more. Preceding the opening, on Thursday, November 15, Kasai will be hosting a private charity event. The restaurant will be donating 25% of proceeds made throughout the night to the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale.

“With the launch of Kasai, our focus is to bring back the attention to detail and unique dining experience we created with Sapporo,” said Mike Russello, Kasai owner. “Guests will see brand new teppanyaki tables, a remodeled sushi bar, and an expanded and re-imagined Asian fusion menu.”

In addition to quality teppanyaki meals and fresh sushi, Kasai’s menu will showcase a number of Asian fusion items including, Chicken Karaage, Asian Pesto Chilian Seabass, Lamb Chops in a Thai Curry Coconut Glaze and Macadamia Nut crusted Mahi Mahi. The restaurant will be reinstalling their fan favorite Happy Hour menu which will include 50% off of all drinks, beer and wine by the glass, and 25% off appetizers every day from3 p.m. till 7 p.m. The restaurant will be open from 3 p.m. till 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 3 p.m. till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kasai Asian Grill is located at 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, Ariz. For table reservations and more info please visit, or call 480.607.1114

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