A new sushi bar is planning to fill a culinary void in the heart of a lakeshore town.
Mizu Sushi opened its doors last month in downtown Holland, across the street from The Knickerbocker Theatre, at 85 E. 8th St.
The roughly 2,800-square-foot Mizu Sushi offers interior seating for about 70 customers and an outdoor patio area that can accommodate up to 25 people.
The sushi bar features a range of menu items: nigiri, which is sliced fish over rice; vegetable rolls, with cucumber, sweet potato, avocado or spinach; tempura rolls; 25 house-specialty rolls, such as a red dragon roll, which is made with shrimp tempura, crab and cucumber, wrapped with tuna, with a spicy sauce and mayo on top; and more.
Jean Yoon, manager of Mizu Sushi, said the sushi bar incorporates different culinary backgrounds and styles.
“It’s modern, but very traditional,” Yoon said. “It has fusions of a lot of Japanese and American styles together.”
Yoon said the response from the community and customers has been positive and gracious, especially when confronted with initial technology complications.
“For the first two days, we had a lot of glitches, and our computer crashed; our printer didn’t work. So there were a lot of patient customers, and they were very gracious on waiting for us to fix it,” Yoon said. “Right now, a lot of people come by and say that they are happy we are open, and they have been waiting for a sushi restaurant to open.”
Owned by Jae Lee, the idea for Mizu Sushi developed after Lee recognized a lack of sushi restaurants in the downtown area.
Lee ended up leasing the space from Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm with an office in Holland.
“He has been travelling and visited Holland several times for about 10 years, just enjoying the downtown scenery and everything,” Yoon said. “He realized that there was not a sushi place, so he has been dreaming about it — and one day, it came to reality.”