Johnny Chu's SoChu House to Open Thursday, July 19

See also: Johnny Chu Moving Sens Asian Tapas to CenPho, Opening New Restaurant in Peoria

Citing a drop in business, in April, Johnny Chu, chef-owner of Tien Wong Hot Pot in Chandler and the defunct Lucky Dragon in Tempe and Fate in downtown's Roosevelt Row district, made the announcement he would be relocating his downtown restaurant, Sens Asian Tapas, to a vacant storefront at 2807 North Central Avenue (Central Avenue and Thomas) in Central Phoenix and changing the restaurant's name to SoChu House.

Now, Chu is ready to show off the new, still-chic and former Sens (officially SoChu House Neo Asian + Martini Bar) to the public with a grand opening on Thursday, July 19.

Here's what he has in store:

From 5 p.m. until close on Thursday, July 19, SoChu House will be celebrating its grand opening with wine and sake tastings, food and drink specials, and live entertainment.

Reservations are required. To make them, call 602-340-9777.

Like Sens, ShoChu's dishes will focus on fresh ingredients and unique spices and seasonings. The menu will feature global Asian cuisine with eastern and western influences. Martinis and cocktails will also be available, and the restaurant will carry an extensive list of shochu, a Japanese vodka-like liquor.

Chu also plans to open a new restaurant at 10738 North 75th Avenue in Peoria later this summer -- an "Asian chop house" called Lantern.

SoChu House 2801 North Central Avenue (on Central South of Thomas Rd ) 602-340-9777

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

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