DECATUR — Fuji Japanese Steakhouse owner Kevin Wong has pledged sweeping changes and more personal attention to the restaurant following its closure by the Macon County Health Department.
Wong, who opened the restaurant at 4292 Prospect Drive nine years ago, addressed the community in an open letter posted on Facebook. He promised “new management, new staff, new training, new vendors and local consultants” had been engaged to address problems found during health inspection. Those included evidence of cockroaches and general issues with cleanliness, according to documents obtained by the Herald & Review.
“While I have been traveling the globe, pursuing my passion for food with the intention to bring back new and exciting offerings, I trusted others to deliver my mission,” Wong wrote. “I take full responsibility for my distanced connection to the community my restaurant serves.”
The health department shut down the restaurant Dec. 14 and it reopened Dec. 17. The inspection was prompted by several customers’ complaints that they saw live cockroaches crawling around the hibachi grills and tables.
Wong did not respond to phone messages left Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
The post had been shared more than 480 times by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Many of the comments were positive, with customers expressing appreciation for Wong’s apology.
The full text of Wong's letter is below:
Dear Greater Decatur Community,
It has been a privilege to serve the Decatur community as the owner and proprietor of Fuji Steakhouse for the last 9 years. The families of Decatur have allowed me to realize by dream of delivering delicious and exotic flavors, inspired by cultures from around the world, through high-quality experiences within a sterling, safe environment. It has brought me joy to play a part in hosting birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and other important celebrations. We have grown together.
The recent inspection and resulting closing of the restaurant by the Macon County Health Department has prompted immediate changes. New management, new staff, new training, new vendors, and local consultants have been engaged to ensure every issue is addressed and corrected, that protocols are enhanced, and that we have eliminated any opportunity for future issues.
But that's not enough. With these changes comes a heartfelt apology. While I have been traveling the globe, pursuing my passion for food with the intention to bring back new and exciting offerings, I trusted others to deliver my mission. I take full responsibility for my distanced connection to the community my restaurant serves.
Fuji Steakhouse is passionate about leading the market with modern Asian-fusion foods. Our scratch kitchen-style restaurant provides a clean environment for people to gather and connect over every made-to-order meal.
Moving forward, I am devoting myself to being a presence for the Fuji community. With that devotion comes a new promise: to deliver a safe, clean and health dining environment to the families of Decatur. I promise we will perfect high-quality modern Asian cuisine that will transport diners to untraveled places around the world. I promise to provide families a warm and wonderfully unique dining experience, where you can gather in celebration and togetherness.
Decatur deserves that.
I look forward to welcoming each of you back, to being part of your family's story, and to beginning a new chapter together. As we celebrate a New Year, we prepare for a new era. And you're the guest of honor.
Owner - FUJI