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First Look: Oshio Sushi Kitchen & Bar Opening This Week

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A new sushi bar is opening soon near Grandview in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood. The concept comes from the Kim family, who’ve given rise to other local restaurants like Mr. Sushi (Song Kim), Rishi Sushi Kitchen & Bar, Moshi Sushi Bar, and Pokébap (David Kim).

Oshio Sushi Kitchen & Bar, owned by Daniel Kim, will open this week inside the building once occupied by GoCupz, at 974 W. Fifth Ave.

GoCupz closed quietly and abruptly in April, Kim says, and he was able to move in on May 1. They’ve since had a soft opening and are gearing up for a grand opening this Thursday, July 5.

Oshio is a full-service restaurant serving up lunch, dinner and brunch. Each menu is small but encompasses a lot. For lunch, guests can get a bento box, which includes a sushi selection (California, spicy tuna, or spicy salmon), a topping (chicken bulgogi, beef bulgogi, or vegetables), as well as shrimp, veggie tempura, and a house salad. More mid-day dishes include stone pot bibimbop, yaki udon (or soba), katsudon and tonkatsu, among other options.

Dinner features the bento box, too, among a slate of other entrees. Tonkatsu makes another appearance, as well katsudon and stone pot bibimbop. Much of the rest of the menu is comprised of appetizers, which include goyza, edamame, calamari, tempura veggies, a sushi panini, rice balls, seaweed salad, and about a dozen others.

Brunch is offered on Saturdays and includes: avocado toast, with the option of fresh salmon or soft boiled egg; breakfast tacos with sautéed kimchi, mozzarella and bulgogi beef; a tator tot bowl; and spam and eggs.

Guests can wash it all down with a fountain beverage or a canned craft brew.

The path to opening a restaurant was both expected and not, Kim says. Growing up in a family of restauranteurs, it seemed inevitable that he’d follow suit, but he was initially entrenched in the world of psychology. The subject was his major at The Ohio State University, and he’d completed a four-year internship with Cardinal Health right out of school.

When his father, Song Kim, needed help at Mr. Sushi, he dove back into the restaurant world, eventually looking to strike out on his own with a new concept.

Oshio opens for lunch on July 5. It’ll operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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