Kojo Sushi will be offering sushi from lake to lake in Penticton.
The restaurant, located near Skaha Lake, will officially open its new location, Koya, near Okanagan Lake today, Aug. 3.
With the same poke bowls and sushi rolls, Kojo is so famous for, the new location at 93 Winnipeg Street will be offering something new on the menu.
“We will introduce sushi burritos,” said owner Tatsuo Kan. “I got the idea to make burritos because it’s a wrap so kids can eat it in the car or you can take it to the beach. It’s much easier to eat on the go than sushi is.”
Kan said he has been thinking of expanding in Penticton and is extremely pleased with the prime location near the beach.
“I was originally thinking of a food truck or something like that,” said Kan on Monday, the day before Koya officially opens.
“Often on Friday and Saturday nights, we have to shut down our online orders because we are so busy. That’s why I thought we should open another location to give people more chance to come and enjoy our food.”
Koya in Japanese means desert.
The new location features a 500 square foot patio with views down to the lake.
But like every restaurant is experiencing in Penticton, Kan is having trouble fully staffing his new location.
“We thought we’d have enough staff but we need a bit more and Penticton is facing a bit of a shortage right now.”
He encourages anyone interested to contact him.
In the meantime, they won’t be offering Ramen at the new location in the beginning.
“Ramen takes quite a bit to make and we know things will be busy in the beginning,” he said.
Treating his employees well and valuing them is a huge focus and success of Kojo Sushi.
Kojo Sushi was the winner of the Penticton Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Excellence Award for Workplace Culture Excellence.
Koya will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.
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