Orlando’s Old Milk District Pizza Hut to Become a Whimsical Japanese Restaurant

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ORLANDO, Florida – A former Pizza Hut restaurant that has been vacant for months will soon house the flagship location of Showa-themed whimsical Japanese restaurant Susuru.

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The new restaurant, which will be called Susuru JuJu, will take the place left by the pizza chain at 700, boul. Maguire. in Orlando’s Milk District, directly across from Fashion Square Mall.

Susuru chef and owner Lewis Lin first announced plans to open the flagship location of Japanese restaurant yakitori in July, but did not announce the location at the time.

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There was speculation that the old Pizza Hut could become the new location, based on concept art released with the announcement, but earlier this month the suspicions were confirmed by a post on the Susuru’s Instagram page.

Susuru JuJu to open in Orlando’s Milk District (Susuru)

No opening date has been set. The company has only said it will open in “winter 2021”.

Susuru’s first location is at 8548 Palm Parkway, near Disney World. The restaurant advertises itself as a “retro-themed izakaya (casual Japanese bar) serving Japanese tapas-style dishes, charcoal-grilled skewers (yakitori) with craft beers and cocktails,” according to its Facebook page.

The Showa theme refers to an era in Japan that stretched from before World War II to the late 1980s, which saw an explosion of Japanese pop culture that also spread to the United States – like Godzilla, Ultraman, Gundam and Power Rangers.

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A common table in Susuru. Credit: Susuru Orlando

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