Reader Ruben let me know that Sushi Tyme restaurant has opened at 819C State Street in the Paseo Nuevo mall, replacing Sakura Express which closed a few weeks ago. I stopped by and spoke with husband and wife owners Giho and Cindy Yoo who tell me that they are in the process of having a large wall menu created for the business and will continue to offer Sakura’s menu of items for two or three weeks until the new artwork is complete. They will have a grand opening to coincide with the launching of their menu which will include salmon from Scotland, tuna from India and albacore from South America.
Chef Giho Yoo says that he has been involved with sushi for over 20 years, most recently working in Los Angeles and The Wynn Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. He was visiting the South Coast with his wife and they both came to the conclusion that “Santa Barbara is paradise” and wanted to live here. He discovered that the owner of Sakura wanted to sell the business so he bought it a month ago. Sushi Tyme is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 963-9955.