One of the most common e-mail inquiries I receive these days asks some version of this question:
"Any updates on Ninza Sushi?"
Now, I have one. But it might not be the one that fans of the west-side sushi restaurant were expecting.
Ninza Sushi Bar, which had operated at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler since 2013, has been closed since a November electrical fire that totaled the restaurant. Owner Ada Yang said that Ninza will reopen there before the end of the year, but dealing with insurance and getting bids has been a long process.
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In the meantime, she's found a new project. Yang has just purchased Blue Fin Sake Bar & Sushi, which opened a year ago in the former Taste and See space at 255 N. Washington. That restaurant, owned by Jason Huang, quietly closed earlier this week.
"They just offered us a good price and we sold it," Huang said.
Yang said she had heard through the grapevine that the restaurant was for sale.
"We always wanted to expand our business," she said. "We just didn't find any good locations."
She said she will continue to use the name Blue Fin and will also keep the restaurant's current bar menu. But she'll change the sushi menu to reflect what she had been serving at her original spot. She'll also have lunch specials and will add several menu items for non-sushi eaters.
Yang said she is cleaning and touching up the restaurant and that she hopes to reopen the restaurant on May 2. Once she does, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; from noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays; and from noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.