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Closing leads to a new sushi opening

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They say when one door closes, another opens.

That's certainly true for Rochester restaurateurs Sammi Looand Lawrence Wong.

On Saturday, Sushi Nishiki will close its doors at 2854 41st NW for good. However, it will not be the end for Loo and Wong making sushi in Rochester.

The pair are working on a new place — Ootori Sushi— in Suite 100 at 2665 Commerce Drive NW. That's at the end of the US Bank commercial center, just off West Circle Drive.

Details for this new sushi restaurant still are being worked out, but they hope to open this summer, possibly in June. Expect Ootori to offer non-sushi entrees, such asa wafu-style ribeye steak and a deep-fried pork cutlet dish called Ton Katsu, as well as the wide array of sushi rolls that Loo and Wong are known for.


Wong explained this change is happening for a couple of reasons. They had a silent third partner who is leaving the sushi business and the lease is up for Sushi Nishiki. That inspired the pair to create something new. This will be their third Rochester eatery.

Loo and Wong originally opened Sushi Nishiki in the Rochester Marketplace, near IBM's hungry campus, in 2008.

In 2011, they also opened Impiana Kitchen and Sushi Bar at 318 S. Broadway — the former home of Sushi Itto/Katz's. Impiana Kitchen didn't find a niche on Broadway and that restaurant closed in 2013. Mango Thaisoon moved into that spot and started cooking.

Biz buzz

For fast-food fans, there has been a lot of buzz lately about a new brand or two looking for spots in the Med City.

Meanwhile, the rumors really are thick about a long-absent national hamburger haven and how it is trying to work out a deal to return to Rochester's streets.

We'll keep a watch out for any imminent additions to Rochester's fast-food lineup.

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