The crew behind native meals corridor Eat Avenue Crossing has introduced the sixth and last location in its counter-service lineup, Sushi Dori, an izakaya-style sushi idea from chef John Ng and Lina Goh.

Ng and Goh, who personal Zen Field Izakaya in downtown Minneapolis, deliver the identical snacky, approachable vibe to Sushi Dori. (Izakaya is a typical Japanese bar that serves small, tapas-like dishes and snacks alongside alcoholic drinks.) “We do not wish to repeat conventional sushi,” says Ng. “We’ve an izakaya, so we’re at all times contemplating the thought of ​​a gastropub.” Sushi Dori can be situated close to Eat Avenue Crossing’s bar, so diners can seize a cocktail (or non-alcoholic drink on faucet) and pair it with small plates of sushi and snacks.

Menu particulars are nonetheless being finalized, however Ng and Goh have just a few hints: these will embody recent herbs, vegetarian choices and one dish that includes Spam. A fried rooster rice sandwich could make an look, in addition to a wide range of appetizers.

Ng and Goh have traveled extensively in Japan, and their experiences there helped form the idea of Sushi Dori. “You understand how in America we love all the pieces in Japan?” says Ng. “Whenever you go to Japan and see how they eat, it is really the alternative: additionally they like Western meals, like a Western breakfast with sausages.” One of the best phrase to explain it, he says, is fusion. “We noticed one thing much like what I am doing now, sandwiches with rice and nori sheets. That impressed us to provide you with this concept of ​​combining the 2 worlds in a single dish.”

Sushi Dori joins Ng and Goh’s different Eat Avenue Crossing idea, Ramen Shoten, a stand-up and spread-out ramen bar. Elsewhere within the meals corridor, Gabriella Grant-Spangler and Ben Spangler will serve up Bebe Zito ice cream, burgers and fried rooster sandwiches, in addition to Brazilian-style pizza from their new Ouro Pizzaria. Trish Gavin helms the bar program (count on all the pieces from Negronis and Hawaiian shaved ice to non-alcoholic drinks on faucet), and bubble tea store Chatime may also have a counter.

The Eat Avenue intersection is slated to open this winter. It is a distinctive addition to the Twin Cities meals court docket scene as a result of its meals choices are coordinated; Ng, Goh, Grant-Spangler, Spangler and Gavin labored collectively to create a cohesive eating expertise. “We’ve the liberty to collaborate and bounce concepts off one another, cross-use elements, and might actually complement one another,” says Goh. “We won’t anticipate it to be completed. It has been three years within the works.” Comply with Eat Avenue Crossing’s Instagram web page for updates. Now that each one six ideas have been introduced, a gap date will doubtless be subsequent.

Lina Goh and chef John Ng stand in matching gray aprons in a kitchen area with an exposed brick wall.

Lina Goh and Chef John Ng at Sushi Dori.
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