West Haven’s Daiko Japanese restaurant and Jerry-San sushi bar will close as owner sells property

Photo by Brian Zahn

WEST HAVEN — After 23 years rolling sushi in West Haven, chef Jerry San will leave his popular restaurant on Derby Avenue this month.

Daiko Japanese Restaurant & Jerry-San’s Sushi Bar will cease operations on May 22. San said it was because the owner was selling the property, including the 3.46-acre parcel the restaurant sits on.

Vinod Shah, the owner based in Westchester County, NY, has confirmed that he is closing a sale. He declined to disclose further details of the transaction.

Sometimes the neighboring George Harte Nissan dealership used the space behind the restaurant to park dealer-owned cars on what was effectively the Daiko plot.

Joe Tramuta, general manager of sales for George Harte Nissan, said on Tuesday the dealership had not used the space behind the restaurant for cars “in over a year.”

Jerry San said he has no immediate plans after the restaurant closes this month.

According to the restaurant’s website, Chef Jerry San opened the West Haven restaurant in February 1999, although he opened his first Connecticut restaurant in New Haven in 1994. His early career was in Malaysian cuisine and he trained under a master chef in Forest Hills, NY, for five years before moving to Connecticut.




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