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Sushi restaurant hopes to use crowdfunding for upgrades at new Oklahoma location

Nihnja Sushi & Wok to open new store in Yukon this fall.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: September 5, 2014 at 10:39 am •  Published: September 3, 2014


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Mary Nhin and Kang Nihn, owners of Nhinja Sushi & Wok restaurants, pose for a photo in their store at 13905 N. May Ave., in Oklahoma City.  
Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
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Mary Nhin and Kang Nihn, owners of Nhinja Sushi & Wok restaurants, pose for a photo in their store at 13905 N. May Ave., in Oklahoma City. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman NATE BILLINGS -

For $1,000, Nhinja Sushi & Wok patrons can have a sushi roll named in their honor for a year as part of a crowdfunding campaign the restaurant has launched to help pay for construction at its newest location in Yukon.

Founded in Oklahoma City in 2010 by Kang and Mary Nhin, Nhinja Sushi has grown to three Oklahoma City metro restaurants as well as a location in Tulsa.

Nhinja hopes to open its fifth location at 335 S Mustang Road in Yukon in late September or early October.

Although they have fully financed construction for the new restaurant, the Nhins are hoping to raise additional money through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter for extras like more electrical outlets for customers to charge cellphones, and televisions for the dining area.

“We thought it would be a great way to interact with our customers and get feedback from people,” Mary Nhin said.

Nhinja Sushi is offering contributors items ranging from a sticker for a $5 donation to naming rights on the menu for $1,000. A pledge of $250 will win donors a behind-the-scenes sushi-making class with the restaurant’s head chef.

Unlike many sushi restaurants, Nhinja has a children’s menu. The Nhins also try to use fresh ingredients whenever possible, Mary Nhin said.

“People are looking for healthier alternatives, so that has helped us grow,” she said.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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The Nhins launched the Kickstarter campaign Wednesday, which be viewed at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1471038942/nhinja-sushi-yukon.

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