By Stephaie Riegel, Baton Rouge Business Report 

The owner of Ichiban Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar at 5741 Essen Lane is planning to develop a new retail strip center on a vacant 2.6-acre parcel at the intersection of Perkins Road and Essen Lane.

Chris Shaheen, who is the development consultant on the project, says restaurant owner Kit Wong acquired the parcel several years ago, intending to build a new restaurant on the site. Instead, however, he expanded his existing establishment, which is located in the shopping center adjacent to the vacant parcel, and decided to develop a new retail strip center that Shaheen hopes will attract a mixture of retail and restaurant tenants.  

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