K.C. An jokes with customers and a chef at Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Seafood Sushi Bar in Tucson in 2010.

Greg Bryan / Arizona Daily Star

Kwang C. An is opening an Asian restaurant and sports bar near the University of Arizona this summer.

An, best known as Mr. An from his TV commercials and years running restaurants in Tucson, hopes to open An-U in Sam Hughes Place, 446 N. Campbell Ave., by early August. It will take over the space that was most recently home to Social House Kitchen & Pub — nicknamed So-Ho — which closed at the end of March.

An, who owns his namesake Mr. An’s Teppan Steak, Sushi & Seafood, 6091 N. Oracle Road, said he is renovating the space and hopes to be finished by late July.

The restaurant will serve Asian cuisine and include a sports bar.

An, who also owns Great Wall of China restaurant on South Craycroft Road, said a grand opening will be in early August, before students return to the UA for the fall semester.

An has operated Asian restaurants in Tucson for more than 30 years. Last year, he sold his restaurant An del Sol at Casino del Sol Resort, which replaced it with Ume Asian Cuisine and Sushi.

An said he is opening an Asian restaurant in Michigan’s Little River Casino next March.

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