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TwoKoi in downtown Tacoma reopens Friday with name change

TwoKoi Japanese Restaurant in downtown Tacoma will reopen Friday after a nearly seven-month closure with a slightly different name — TheKoi Japanese Cuisine and Sake Bar.

It closed in November after a road construction project cut off traffic to that end of Commerce. With the end of that project comes the reopening of the road — and the restaurant.

Owner Jeannie Han said the restaurant would offer a 20 percent discount for all menu items (excluding alcohol) during opening week.

The name change, she said, reflects an ownership change from two owners to one. Previously, the restaurant was co-owned by Jerry Hyman and Jackie Koh, but Han has taken over as a solo owner. TwoKoi opened in downtown Tacoma in 2006.

Along with the name change come a few menu changes, but Han said to expect the same dinner and sushi menus.

What will be improved is a daily happy hour beginning at 2 p.m. Said Han, “The happy hour menu will be bigger and have more variety, and sushi will be added to happy hour. And our chefs will do more discounting.” Expect an improved selection of small-plate appetizers.

Koh has helped redesign the menu, but Han said he won’t be returning to a full-time chef position. However, all other kitchen staff — including the dishwashers — will return to work. The restaurant’s original serving staff also is returning, said Han.

The already extensive sake selection will eventually be expanded with the addition of sake craft cocktails, said Han. But that’s on hold for now. The restaurant will reopen without a liquor license because it’s still pending with the state, but Han expected the license to be approved quickly.

Sue Kidd: 253-597-8270