Sushi restaurant to open in McKinleyville

Already possessing a full set of fast food and Mexican restaurants, McKinleyville is about to get a taste of something new: sushi. Sushi Spot, a fixture on the Arcata dining scene for years, is set to open a new restaurant in the McKinleyville Shopping Center, and it’s about time Arcata shared their embarrassment of sushi riches with us.

Sushi Spot owner Eric Stark says he thinks McKinleyville residents are ready for a change. “We’re looking to bring some diversity to the community,” Stark said. “We want to give people another option, food-wise.” The new restaurant is scheduled to open in early April, and will occupy a prime location next to Bank of America fronting Central Ave.

Sushi Spot specializes in Asian fusion cuisine, which blends different cultural styles and techniques. Some of their more popular sushi rolls are the Rainbow Roll, the Vegas Roll, and the Caterpillar Roll. Their menu, which will be the same at both restaurants, also features non-sushi favorites like chicken curry, chicken katsu, oyster shooters, and creamy shrimp cocktail. There will also be an assortment of beers, wines, and hot and cold sake, if you’re into those sorts of things.

Stark, who purchased Sushi Spot in 2010 after working there for seven years, said he’ll instill the new restaurant with the same philosophy as the original. “We place an emphasis on teamwork and excellent service,” he said. “We’re proud of the product we put out.” Sushi Spot has won Best in Show the last two years at Oysterfest. Despite the success, Stark said he and his team are always looking to improve and innovate. This is reflected in the recent trip Stark took to Japan, which provided inspiration to take back to Sushi Spot. “We’re always looking to get creative and try new things,” he said.

Sushi traditionally contains raw fish and rice, and is low in fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Squid, eel, octopus, and crab are also frequently used. Since being introduced in the states, ingredients like avocado, smoked salmon and albacore, cucumber, and yams have been incorporated into sushi dishes.

The new restaurant will have a rustic/modern theme. A 300-gallon aquarium with tropical fish will be part of the décor, Stark said. “We hope people will come give us a try.”

The original Sushi Spot is located at 670 9th St. in Arcata, and is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Fridays from noon to 10 p.m, and Saturdays and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Their phone number is 822-1221, and you can visit them on the web on Facebook and at sushispotarcata.com.