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Cheryl Baehr |

“Teddy Lee spent dedicated two decades bringing St. Louis-area diners sushi, first at the original Wasabi downtown and eventually at other local spots. He was a dedicated craftsman, but he could not shake the feeling that he was meant to show diners a different side of his culinary skills — the one where his passion lies.

‘My enthusiasm is in Japanese cuisine, but I didn’t want to do just sushi and ramen,’ Lee says. ‘There are a lot of sushi and ramen restaurants around here, but no one is doing bento boxes and kastu, which is one of the most popular foods in Japan. I wanted people to know there is more to Japanese food than sushi and ramen.'”