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Friday April 11th, 2014

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A sushi restaurant is opening soon in Walkerville.

Sushi Guru, located in the spot previously occupied by the Old Town Sweet Shop and Peerless Ice Cream, will be a sit down restaurant that proprietor Taylor McKay says will also provide fresh, made-to-order take out.

“Our mission and focus is very simple: place the emphasis on the quality and freshness of fish and all ingredients,” says McKay. “Our patrons will find all the classic nigiri, sashimi, and classic rolls, along with some delicious creations that Chef John has invented but still follow our freshest and highest quality ingredients mantra.”

McKay says you won’t find pre-packaged sushi at Sushi Guru and non-traditional sushi rolls like fried chicken with hamburger and cream cheese won’t be something they offer.

In addition to sushi, McKay says the restaurant will offer fresh and hearty ramen soups, made with home-made broths, as well as hand-made dumplings.

McKay says Sushi Guru will also feature premium saké.

“I was lucky to be able to spend some time in Japan and fell in love with with the saké there. The saké was so much better than anything I had ever tasted with much more smoothness and higher flavour complexities.”

Sushi Guru will start out with a few saké selections, says McKay, some of which are slightly more ‘premium’ than what people may be used to tasting. McKay says this is part of an effort to educate Windsorites that premium saké is a real treat.

McKay says Walkerville is a place he’s happy to be located in. “There are a lot of cool things happening with restaurants, watering holes, shops, and other businesses in the area and we are happy to be a part of it.”

As for what inspired McKay to open a sushi restaurant in Walkerville? “My partner, who is also my uncle, has lived in the neighbourhood for 22 years and has wanted to do this for a long time. Also, my time in Japan was a huge inspiration. Lastly, I think we draw inspiration from the idea of creating a ‘cool’ place to eat. To us, sushi is a natural fit for the area and we feel the neighbourhood will agree.”

McKay says if all goes to plan, Sushi Guru, located at the corner of Wyandotte and Chilver, will open May 1st. The restaurant is currently hiring servers, bussers and an assistant to the sushi chef. Resumes can be sent to [email protected]

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