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Dining Out Ichiban Sichuan

Ichiban Sichuan opened a year ago in the former Dozo location near Eighth and R streets.

Ichiban Sichuan staff received the go-ahead this week to serve alcohol in the Haymarket restaurant after state liquor regulators previously denied a license request amid concerns over hidden ownership.

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission officials approved the Chinese restaurant at Eighth and P streets for a license Tuesday on the condition owner Jason Diong complete some administrative paperwork, show he is current on child support payments and ensure his previous business associate has no involvement in the business. 

Diong said in April he was concerned the inability to serve alcohol would harm operations at the restaurant, which opened in November 2016 following the closure of Dozo Sushi Grill.

The commission denied a license to the restaurant that month because members had concerns that Diong's business associate Yanchun Xue, who applied for the license, was not truthful about who the true owners were.

Commission officials scrutinized Diong's criminal history and civil judgments against him. He was listed as a manager.

State business records show Diong formed a new limited liability company to run the restaurant following the commission's decision.

He applied for the new permit in May.

He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.




Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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