"Tim [Mink's] been going there for 20 years," says Nielsen, explaining the connection between her business partner at REV and Sushi Hiro owner Hideya Ishibashi. Mink and Nielsen have always wanted to do Japanese but wouldn't dare attempt it without a true Japanese chef. This partnership with Ishibashi makes sense, says Nielsen. REV provides the infrastructure and support, and Ishibashi provides the expertise.
Sushi Hiro, located at 298 King St., closed on April 8 and will be undergoing a quick redress. They'll change the flooring, install new lighting, and modernize the space, turning Sushi Hiro into Izakaya Hiro, literally "a drinking place" that will have kushiyaki (skewered and grilled meats) and ramen (noodle soup) in addition to sushi. The team is traveling to New York to search for noodle suppliers and find grills for the new restaurant.
They hope to be open in time for Spoleto and will start with dinner and then add lunch to the rotation.
REV has some other projects in the works as well, including restaurants that will focus on seafood and Chinese and perhaps even a bakery. Stay tuned for more as those projects develop.