Masu looking to launch fast-casual restaurant downtown

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June 22, 2012 by Sarah M

By Jeremy Zoss

Masu Sushi and Robata, the restaurant chain that debuted last year in Northeast and expanded to Mall of America, is looking for downtown spaces to debut a new concept. According to Andrea Christenson of commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley, Masu parent company Sushi Avenue intends to launch a new fast-casual version of Masu in downtown Minneapolis, with the intention of rolling out similar stores around the country.

Christenson said the new chain will make custom sushi rolls. The nature of the product means the new restaurant won’t have to cook anything in the store.

“You’ll go in and say I’ll have the crab, I’ll have the avocado, and they’ll make you a custom roll,” she said.

Christenson said Sushi Avenue has several potential downtown locations identified and she expects to finalize the location of the new restaurant soon.

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