Japanese restaurant Sushi Koji opens in Vienna

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Sushi Koji is now open serving roll platters alongside bowls of ramen and udon noodles.

Run by former Sushi Chef Taro Hyung Joon Lee and his wife Grace Park, the Japanese restaurant opened at 262 Cedar Lane on Thursday (December 16). It is the first of three restaurants slated to move into Vienna’s Cedar Park shopping center this winter.

“We were so excited to open up and see so many people trying our food,” Park said via email. “We get a lot of positive feedback about the food and the new types of dishes that they haven’t seen before. It was packed since day one of opening which was unexpected and also so exciting / thrilling. “

Park says the opening has been successful so far, even though Sushi Koji faces the same hiring challenges that plagued the restaurant industry nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With some of the employees hired still in training and getting used to their roles, the staffing shortage is expected to become a bigger issue once the restaurant is cleared to serve alcohol, which could happen as early as this week. , according to Park.

Sushi Koji has been waiting for a license to allow wine and beer service on its premises since Nov. 3, according to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. A mixed drink license has been pending since November 9.

Park says they’re especially looking for additional waiters and chefs or cooks.

While the restaurant was initially only open to restaurant patrons, Park confirmed that customers can now also get take out and deliveries.

The current opening hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-2.30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9.30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sushi Koji is planning to have a more grand opening at some point, but a date for it has yet to be scheduled.

“Since we are still training staff and looking for more staff, we won’t be having the official opening anytime soon until they are fully trained,” Park said. “We want to make sure that we provide good service and that people leave happy. “

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