167 Raw planning sushi bar in its original East Bay Street location


167 Raw’s old East Bay Street location will reopen as a sushi bar.

167 Raw will open a sushi bar in its former location at 289 East Bay St. next spring, the restaurant announced Friday.

The uber-popular Charleston restaurant and raw bar moved from its tiny East Bay Street spot to it’s new lower King Street digs in February, a move that 167 Raw owner Jesse Sandole described as “bittersweet.”

“We’ve been really excited about this for a long time, and it was in the works before we closed the doors,” Sandole said. “The fact that we knew we were going back there is something we’ve had in our minds.”

The 167 Raw Sushi Bar will serve 12-15 pieces of nigiri, sushi rolls and “fun, Japanese-inspired small plates,” Sandole said.

The Massachusetts native described some sushi bars as quiet, but that won’t be the case at 167.

“It’s just going to be a fun, upbeat atmosphere. I think that’s what’s going to feel different about the sushi bar here,” he said.

167 Raw Sushi Bar is targeting a spring 2021 opening date, Sandole said. The layout will remain mostly unchanged, and ownership plans to announce a sushi chef in the coming months.

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