Ninja Steak House latest bright spot in Falls' Pilgrim Village Shopping Center
Businesses begin to fill Pilgrim Village Shopping Center
Menomonee Falls — Ninja Steak House, a sushi and hibachi restaurant, is breathing new life to the corner of Main Street and Pilgrim Road.
The restaurant, located in the Pilgrim Village Shopping Center, is serving fresh food while giving one of the village's most traveled intersections a fresh look. The restaurant sits in one of the village's redeveloped areas that has gone from a blighted location in the village to a hub of retail and commercial business just in the past year.
"It's a remarkable change," Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said.
Ninja Steak House had a soft opening Oct. 25. It is owner's Lichai Chen's second restaurant. He opened the first Ninja Steak House two years ago in West Bend. He has spent a year trying to find an ideal second location, ultimately landing at the heavily traveled Pilgrim Village Shopping Center.
Servings of sushi, steak
Ninja Steak House has two sections — one that serves Japanese sushi and the other that serves hot food Hibachi-style. This means patrons sit at a table that surrounds a grill. The chef prepares the food, usually with a flare of entertainment, in front of guests. The food is immediately put on the plate after it is cooked. Serving piping hot, fresh food is the goal of Ninja Steak House, Manager Sharon Liu said.
"(Hibachi) is really good entertainment," Liu said. "It comes out really good and really fresh food."
Chicken, shrimp, salmon, steak, scallops, fillet mignon and lobster are all on the Hibachi menu. On occasion, they will make swordfish on the grill.
The sushi and hibachi chefs are all highly trained, coming from Chicago and New York City to work at Ninja Steak House.
The restaurant serves raw and cooked sushi rolls, raw and vegetable maki, a la carte sushi or sashimi, as well as soup and salad and a list of appetizers. There is also a sushi bar where patrons can watch the construction of the rolls. For patrons who come in groups and want to share parts of their sushi rolls, the food will come out on a wooden boat.
All of the food is MSG-free, which is a commonly asked question at sushi restaurants, Liu said.
"I know a lot of people don't know about raw fishes yet, but it's very, very good for your body," Liu said. "It's not like junk food, it's very healthy. Its brings you a better life."
The steak house will have an outdoor patio open in warmer months.
Center starts to take shape
The Ninja Steak House is a welcome addition to an area of the village that fell on hard times when Piggly Wiggly closed in 2004.
Redevelopment efforts and environmental rehabilitation work have been under way for the past few years. Gatlin Development Co. demolished much of the shopping center in October 2012 and replaced it with a Walmart Neighborhood Market, which opened last year
Ninja Steak House is the first to settle in one of three redeveloped lots that run along Main Street and will house retail or commercial businesses.
There are still two vacant lots on site, as well as the former Schlotzsky'sDeli building. The only known tenant for one of the lots is an Associated Bank branch. The bank owns the lot, Fitzgerald said. Plans have not yet been submitted for a building permit at that site, but there have been talks for a 3,900-square-foot bank building.
Though no business has staked claim of the Schlotsky's Deli site, the developer does plan to rehab the exterior of the building that has become dilapidated over the years. Rehab work is expected to happen this year, Fitzgerald said.
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