Koku Shi, on the corner of High Street and Kirk Wynd, opened over five years ago.
And despite some initial local skepticism, the company, owned by Jerzy Urmilowicz, has grown steadily, being featured on television, winning awards and opening a second Fife base in Dunfermline.
Now the restaurant has proven to be so popular with locals that it has outgrown its current unit and the owners are therefore looking to move into larger premises across the road in a vacant unit next door. from Kirkcaldy High Street Post Office.
They have submitted an urban planning application to the town hall of Fife, currently under review, to change the use of vacant premises from a commercial unit to a restaurant.
Monika Michalski, Brand Director, said: “We have decided to move to larger premises.
“Kirkcaldy Restaurant has been around for over five years now and we have a lot of repeat and new customers so we felt there was a need to move to something bigger across the road and the opportunity introduced herself.
“This way we are going to have a bigger space, 20 more place settings, or 60 in total, and this room also has a reception room and if all goes well we hope to have seats outside as well. We are also applying for a license to sell alcohol which will be awesome.
“It will also create more jobs as we will need more people to work in the kitchen and at home – this is an opportunity not only for us but for the young local generation who might want to join us.”
Monika said they’ve just launched a new, more creative menu with plenty of fusion dishes – incorporating Japanese cuisine in a modern way with a Scottish flavor.
“Our menu isn’t just sushi – we have a huge range of dishes like Katsu curry, ramen and our own Koku burger which is something new that we created. When we first opened, i think people here thought japanese food was just sushi but educated local people about what japanese food is.
“There are other amazing dishes on the menu, not just raw fish – we also have dishes with chicken, pork and haggis.
“We knew that once people came in and tasted our food, they would be back in no time. It took a long time, nothing happens overnight – it has been a journey but the journey has shown us that what we are doing is right. It’s something different, but we’ve always believed in ourselves and what we create.
She added that they hope to move into their new premises by the end of the year: “With the permits, the change of use of the premises and so many other things to do, we hope to have moved from here. the end of the year, but we don’t know how long it will take.
“We will open when everything is ready and up to our high standards. “
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