Ruben Quezada and Raquel Quinones enjoyed a late lunch during a soft opening for MiAn on Tuesday for TEP workers.

Nearly a year after announcing plans to strike out on his own outside of his famous father’s shadow, Bin An will swing open the doors Thursday to his upscale downtown Asian bistro.

MiAn Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine, which is unaffiliated with An’s father Kwang C. An’s Oracle Road restaurant, will open for lunch at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, on the ground floor of Tucson Electric Power company’s headquarters, 88 E. Broadway.

“I’m excited,” Bin An said Tuesday as his staff hosted TEP employees at a soft opening to iron out the kinks of running the nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant. “Things are going well.”

MiAn Sushi’s upscale menu goes beyond the traditional array of sushi and sashimi, employing ocean trout, halibut, salmon and tuna. Appetizers include a shrimp toast topped with caviar, beef carpaccio, and a variety of poke bowls with salmon, scallops and other fresh fish.

Lunch prices run $9 to $14; dinner entrees average $13 to $18, with specialty items a bit pricier.

Chef Young Min Choi from Las Vegas’ high-end Japanese restaurant Nobu is the executive chef, bringing what An described as a “Vegas feel” to downtown Tucson dining.

“By doing this as an upscale, nicer bar and restaurant, it makes it a cool spot for people to hang out and enjoy a different ambience ... more like a big city,” An said. “We want to bring in different flavors and different concepts to Asian dining.”

MiAn seats 160 diners inside and 120 on the patio. Valet parking is available and there is off-street parking along Sixth Avenue, An said.

Beginning Thursday, hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

Cathalena has covered music for the Star for the past 20 years. She's a graduate of Arizona State University has worked at Sedona Red Rock News, Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, New York; and USA Today.