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Jason Ha Expanding Arts District Dining Empire

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 10:30AM
Traction and East Third Ed Fuentes

In March, Jason Ha plans to add a third restaurant to his existing pair of eateries at 3rd and Traction.

Restaurateur Jason Ha has his sights set on feeding the Arts District. The owner of the popular Zip Fusion sushi and nearby mid-range restaurant E3rd Steakhouse has purchased the former Blue Dahlia Cafe and plans to reopen it in March, offering korean BBQ plates.

While Ha has run restaurants in other neighborhoods, including a recently-closed westside Zip outpost, he's now narrowed his focus to the area around Joel Bloom Square, at the intersection of 3rd and Traction.

Blue Dahlia was well-received in the Arts District for its wine bar and short rib burger, but the eatery failed to reopen after closing for a holiday break.

Ha is not sure what he will be calling the new eatery.

ALSO: While on the subject of Ha, diners looking for a deal should also note the $10 menu of lunch specials recently added at E3rd.

Zip Fusion Sushi, East 3rd Steakhouse and Lounge / Traction and E. 3rd / Arts District

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