Kusshi Sushi in Downtown Silver Spring has failed its building inspection a second time as the restaurant prepares to open in the coming weeks, according to a video posted to owner Wesley Yao’s YouTube channel. (NSFW: Language)
When asked if the restaurant had an opening date, Yao said “not yet” in a message to the Source. Signage was installed on the restaurant’s exterior in July.
“We took over the Gusto [Farm to Street] space and there was an airflow issue,” Yao said on Facebook. “According to an air balance test, there wasn’t enough air coming out of certain vents, which held up our final building inspection for almost 2 months now.”
We reported last year that Kusshi Ko would be opening in the space formerly occupied by Gusto Farm to Street at 8512 Fenton St. in the Downtown Silver Spring development. The MoCo Show reported in June that because of issues regarding approval of the restaurant’s signage, they dropped the “Ko” from the name and will now be known as Kusshi Sushi, similar to their location at the Pike & Rose development in North Bethesda.
Owner Wesley Yao — who also owns Hanaro Sushi in Bethesda, Poke Dojo in Bethesda, and Kusshi Sushi in North Bethesda — had previously said that the quick-service restaurant concept would serve donburi (rice bowls), ramen, poke, and sushi rolls, according to reports. However, with the name change to Kusshi Sushi, the menu will be a similar, yet abbreviated version of the Pike & Rose location.
Kusshi Sushi opened a second location in Arlington, Va., in July, according to The MoCo Show.
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